How Masks Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

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How Masks Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 is mostly spread by close contact with other people, which is why wearing a mask and social distancing is important.
When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe they produce respiratory droplets. These droplets can range in size from larger droplets to smaller droplets. Small droplets can form particles when they dry very quickly in the airstream and larger droplets fall out of the air due to gravity. Infections occur mainly through exposure to respiratory droplets when a person is in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Wearing a mask and social distancing can help decrease the spread of these respiratory droplets to other people or to the airstream.
Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth and staying at least six feet apart from others help reduce your chances of getting COVID-19 or unknowingly spreading the virus to others, especially if you are asymptomatic. If you are sick, stay home and isolate from others unless you are seeking medical attention.
To learn more about how the COVID-19 virus spreads and why wearing a mask properly and social distancing is important, visit the CDC website for more information.

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