Boston Strong news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports ( file from April 7, 2020. )

INFORMATION ON FACE COVERINGS FOR COVID-19

People still need to continue to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, even when wearing a face covering. Wearing a face covering may help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Boston residents are also urged to stay home as much as possible, especially if sick.

WHAT IS A FACE COVERING?

A face covering is any well-secured paper or cloth (like a bandana or scarf) that covers the mouth and nose. The face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are crucial supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.WHO SHOULD WEAR A FACE COVERING?

Anyone who needs to be outside of their home is encouraged to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

People who are sick should not leave their home and should also wear a face covering while inside if they cannot stay 6 feet apart from others. People who are sick and need to leave home, such as to get urgent medical care, should always wear a face covering.

Per the CDC, face coverings should not be placed on young children under 2-years-old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

HOW DO I WEAR A FACE COVERING?

Face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric, if it is a cloth covering, and
  • allow for breathing without restriction.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO MAKE YOUR OWN FACE COVERING?

Yes. A face covering can be a scarf, bandana or other cloth. 

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