Not sure if you should believe what you’ve heard about face masks? We asked a doctor to explain the truth about some common misconceptions.
Why We Require Face Masks
The safety of our staff, patients and visitors is our highest priority. The latest research clearly shows that face masks are one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
That’s why we require face masks to be worn at all Henry Ford facilities at all times.
We also encourage you to wear masks any time you are in public or gathered with people you don’t live with, and to follow all safety guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Properly Wearing and Caring for Masks
Wearing a face mask helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 — but only if worn properly, covering both your nose and mouth. These simple mask-wearing tips will help you get the maximum protection for yourself and others:
- Wash your hands before and after touching the mask.
- Touch only the bands or ties when putting on and taking off your mask.
- Make sure the mask fits to cover your nose, mouth and chin. If you adjust the mask to cover those areas, wash your hands before and after. Make sure you can breathe and talk comfortably through your mask.
- Discard a disposal mask after each use, and wash cloth masks daily.
Avoiding Common Mask-Wearing Mistakes
- It is not recommended to wear bandanas, gaiters or masks with exhalation valves as face coverings.
- Don’t touch your or your child’s mask while it is being worn.
- Don’t wear the mask under your chin with your nose and mouth exposed.
- Don’t leave your nose or mouth uncovered.
- Don’t remove the mask while around others in public.
- Don’t share your mask with family members or friends.
Risk of COVID-19 Transmission
The biggest reason to wear a mask in public is to protect those around you, as well as to protect yourself. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing to minimize risk.