UW Health Addresses the Importance of Masks/face Coverings to Combat COVID-19
Madison, Wisconsin - As new local mask mandates are considered and enacted (including in Dane County), UW Health emphasizes the importance of wearing a mask in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
“If everyone who could do so wore a mask, it would make a tremendous impact on COVID-19 transmissions,” said Dr. Nasia Safdar, medical director of infection control and prevention at UW Health. “Something as simple as a cloth mask can decrease the number of respiratory droplets that are released when people breathe, talk, cough and sneeze.”
Wisconsin has seen a serious increase in cases, including three daily records for new cases in the space of four recent days, that prompted action from state government and locally in Dane County. As our knowledge of this deadly virus evolves, it is clear that wearing masks in public is one of the most important tools we have to slow the spread until a vaccine or other treatment is widely available. It’s not easy to make changes to your daily routine. Know that wearing a mask does make a difference.
UW Health urges the public to stay safe by following these key guidelines:
- Practice physical distancing by staying six feet away from people who do not live in your household.
- Wear a face mask if you plan to be around people who do not live in your household, particularly if you will be indoors.
- Stay home whenever possible. Limit outings to essential needs such as groceries, exercise, medication, healthcare visits or essential work.
- If you have any symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat), stay home, physically distance and call your provider about getting tested.
- Do not attend large gatherings, especially if they take place indoors.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Date Published: 07/13/2020