There are many common systems one can experience when having COVID-19 - shortness of breath, coughing, and a fever a just a few. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "the virus is primarily spread by respiratory droplets transmitted via close contact (within 6 feet) with an infected person." Those droplets are spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Many people are wondering if we should wear masks even though there are shortages for the health care workers.
"The current recommendations regarding masks are that if you yourself are sick with a fever and cough, you can wear a surgical mask to prevent transmission to other people. If you are healthy, there is not thought to be any additional benefit to wearing a mask yourself because the mask is not airtight and does not necessarily prevent breathing in of these viral particles, which are very tiny," says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist.
She says instead of wearing a mask, you can:
- Wash hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cough into a closed elbow or tissue then wash hands
- Stay home if feeling unwell
If you encounter someone that is not wearing a mask but would like them to,
To learn more information about wearing masks, visit Mayo Clinic.