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A bandana, cloth mask, neck warmer, or other cloth barrier prevents those with mild or no symptoms of COVID-19 from unknowingly passing it on to others. To protect yourself from others, use physical distance.
Do not use surgical masks or N-95. Preserve the limited supply of medical-grade masks such as an N-95 for healthcare workers or first responders, who cannot use physical distance to protect themselves, especially against people in their most infectious periods more symptomatic.
This new recommendation from the city of Berkeley, state and regional authorities, comes as scientists and doctors quickly learn more about this new type of coronavirus, which was detected only four months ago and has no medication. or known vaccine.
“Wear a bandana to protect others from an infection you may have,” said Dr. Lisa Hernandez, health manager at Berkeley. “When you see other people wearing a cloth blanket, know that they are protecting you. “
Face covers should cover the nose and mouth. Fabrics can be improvised and should be washed repeatedly with detergent and dried in the heat. Ideally, use a dedicated laundry tub so that they are washed after each use.
Make sure the covering is comfortable – you don’t want to have to adjust the mask, which means touching your face. Always wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before AND after touching your face or face covering.
Health officials point out that staying home, washing your hands frequently and taking physical distance are the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Face covers can also serve as a reminder of the critical order to take shelter on site, except for essential activities.
If you have sealed packaging for masks, gloves and other protective equipment to support Berkeley’s emergency response, you can donate, let us know.
“Stay at home except for essential activities,” said Hernandez. “When you have to leave, help take care of our community by keeping your distance from others and covering your face.”
Visit cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for more information on COVID-19, Berkeley Public Health recommendations, and changes to city services.