Yep, it’s that time of the year again!
Masks are an effective way to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses such as influenza by reducing (1,2,3,4,5):
- The spread of virus-containing droplets, which is especially important when the person is asymptomatic
- The inhalation of virus-containing droplets
The reality is that circumstances change. Many hoped to stop masking this summer, as cases were lower and more people were outside. But with fall, comes the resurgence of many viruses. As people gather more inside, community transmission will increase which can put vulnerable populations at higher risks (6).
Hospitals all over the country are already struggling, especially among children (6,7). Masking in public, regular hand washing, vaccines and staying home when we don’t feel good can make a very big difference right now (6,8,9).
Plus, a mask will keep your face warm and protect it against the cold wind! 🌬️😷
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