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It’s important during these times to protect yourself against viruses, like COVID-19. The CDC has posted recommendations and PPE to help stop the spread. Some people may think it’s being blown up to be bigger than what it is, or that they don’t need to take precautions because they are young and it won’t affect them. These things may or may not be true, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Since some of these CDC guidelines are actually required in some industries in order for companies to operate, it’s important to understand who they help. So while some people are complaining about wearing face masks, understanding why it’s beneficial can help.

What are the CDC guidelines?

Currently there are different CDC guidelines for different businesses such as restaurants, salons, and other businesses that may be trying to reopen. But they do have some generalized guidelines for the public to help protect and stop the spread of COVID-19. The basic recommendations are to wear masks when going out in public, use gloves, maintain a six foot distance from others around you, use hand sanitizer, and make sure to properly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

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It’s not always for you!

The first thing to understand about wearing a face mask is that it isn’t necessarily for your safety, but more for other people. Homemade cloth masks, don’t really have the protection to keep you from inhaling the particles, but it will prevent you from passing the virus on, should you have it. So for some masks, wearing them is more about reducing the chances of you spreading it versus protecting you from getting it.

There are masks that will protect you!

While the homemade masks are more for protecting you from possibly spreading the virus. Other masks can be worn to help protect yourself from getting it. Masks such as N95, KN95, and other respirator masks are designed to keep you safe from inhaling any particles that may contain a virus. Currently they have been hard to get a hold of because they are being used by those working on the frontlines in healthcare. Some companies have been able to get KN95 masks that can be just as effective.

Final Thoughts

While wearing a face mask isn’t ideal, as they are hot, and stifling. It’s a small thing, when it comes to protecting your health, and those around you.

Sources

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/essential-goods-services.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/mask#research

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/dont-wear-mask-yourself/610336/