COVID-19 and cloth face masks

COVID 19 - cloth face coverings; Coronavirus - cloth face masks

When you wear a cloth face mask in public, it helps protect other people from possible infection with COVID-19. Other people who wear masks help protect you from infection.

Cloth face masks or coverings are not the same as personal protective equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Because these are currently in short supply, priority to PPE is reserved for health care providers and medical first responders.

While cloth face masks don't work as well as PPE at protecting against COVID-19, wearing cloth face masks helps reduce the spray of droplets from the nose and mouth.