The purpose of wearing a face mask is simple: to protect yourself and others.
Medical professionals wear masks when in surgery or performing procedures for this very reason. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting our lives, it is crucial for our community to do their part in the overall safety of our neighbors, our country and our world.
Why is wearing a face mask effective?
- Face coverings create a barrier that help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling from one person to another. COVID-19, along with many other viruses, spread from the droplets of infected individuals. Since there is currently no cure or vaccine for COVID-19, we must do what we can to slow the spread.
It is important to note that you should still social distance while wearing your mask to further protect yourself and others. Practicing hand hygiene and not touching your face are additional great ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other illnesses.
Can wearing a face mask be harmful?
- If worn properly, your face mask should not pose any health risks. Properly constructed face masks provide plenty of ventilation and will not reduce oxygen levels. It is a myth that wearing a mask can cause carbon dioxide poisoning – doctors and nurses wouldn’t be able to perform their duties in masks if that were the case.
What is the proper way to wear a mask?
- Be sure that your mask is covering your nose at all times by shaping the metallic strip around the bridge of your nose. Place the elastic straps around both ears. Make sure the mask is covering your mouth and chin.
Be sure to always apply and remove your mask with clean hands. Do not touch your mask while wearing it. If you do, wash your hands.
In New Jersey, individuals must wear face coverings:
- In outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible.
- In indoor spaces open to the public, including retail, recreational, entertainment businesses, government buildings, and public transportation.
- In indoor commercial spaces closed to the public, including office buildings, when individuals are in prolonged proximity to others.
We’re doing our part to keep you safe. Mask up and do yours.
*Children under the age of 2 should not wear masks.