UW Health Offers Tips, Clarifications on Face Coverings
Madison, Wisconsin - As Wisconsin continues to reopen, UW Health wants to remind the community about the benefits of wearing a face covering in public. UW Health still recommends face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Wearing a face covering, one that fits securely around the nose and mouth, helps to prevent the transmission of droplets that result from breathing, talking, laughing or coughing. These droplets transferring from a person with COVID-19 to someone else is the primary way the virus is spread. While wearing a face covering could reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 for the wearer, it is also very important to use in order to prevent others from contracting COVID-19 if the wearer is unknowingly contagious (i.e. has COVID-19 but has mild to no symptoms).
Wearing a face covering is one component to reducing your risk and the risk for others, along with equally important precautions like maintaining six feet of physical distancing, frequent hand washing and staying home if you feel ill. It is less necessary to wear a face covering if you plan to be outside but not near others, like gardening or going for a run. Wearing a face covering does not replace other precautions, nor does it guarantee a wearer’s safety. Face coverings should also be cleaned frequently or replaced if they are soiled or can no longer fit securely around the nose and mouth.
The guidance on face coverings has evolved since the beginning of the pandemic and it will likely continue to evolve as we learn more about this novel coronavirus. Continue to watch for updates from local health care experts.
Date Published: 06/11/2020