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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Wear a Face Covering When Out in Public

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THE CDC RECOMMENDS WEARING A FACE COVERING WHEN OUTSIDE THE HOME
Easy-to-make own sew or no-sew face covering instructions online

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Dr. Desmar Walkes, Bastrop County Health Authority, recommend using fabric face coverings when conducting essential activities like grocery shopping or work away from home to help prevent asymptomatic carriers from spreading COVID-19.

Face covers do not replace the need for physical distancing. Medical-grade masks and N-95 respirators should be reserved for healthcare workers.

Scarves or bandannas are easy, household items that can work. These types of face coverings are effective against droplet and hand-to-face transmission of the virus.

Cloth 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
• allow for breathing without restriction
• be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Make your own D-I-Y face covering: https://www.cdc.gov/…/prevent…/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

NOTE: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

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