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New Notes From Nurse Becky

Why do we have to wear masks?

We are currently being asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

COVID-19 is spread through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

A person can be infected with COVID-19 for 14 days before showing symptoms. They may think they

are healthy when, in fact, they are spreading the virus unknowingly.

Wearing a mask contains the infected droplets and prevents others from getting sick.

 

How to properly wear a mask.

Be sure that the mask covers your nose and chin.

The mask should be snug but comfortable.

There should be NO gaps between your face and the mask.

Wash cloth masks regularly and properly throw disposable masks in the trash.

 

Do we still have to wash hands and clean surfaces?

YES! COVID-19 droplets can also be coughed or sneezed onto nearby surfaces.

An infected person can get droplets on their hands by coughing/sneezing into them, biting nails or itching nose. They can transfer the virus onto any surface they touch before washing their hands.

Research has shown that COVID-19 can live on a variety of surfaces for up to a few days.

Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces with antibacterial or bleached-based cleansers.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.