The Importance of Masks

(Originally posted on my Instagram, @aesthatiic)

In a public setting? Wear a mask.

As of July 7th, COVID-19 has infected 11.8 million people (Coronavirus disease — Statistics on Google). Many will recover, but for some the virus is deadly. According to the WHO and many healthcare professionals, there is an easy way to decrease your chances of catching (or spreading) the virus: wear a mask. In the slides that follow you will see 2 images, showing how wearing a mask (and of course, physical distancing) is an easy preventative measure against spreading respiratory droplets from talking, sneezing, etc. In the case that you chose to use a reusable, non-medical mask, The Government of Canada says homemade masks should maintain their shape after washing and drying, be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment, be made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen), and lastly be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping. 

While it is not 100% effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19, wearing a mask helps to protect yourself, and others around you. So if you are going into a busy public space or enclosed environment, be respectful and wear a mask. 

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to the WHO or your government’s health department for accurate information. 

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