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Why You Should Continue Wearing a Mask

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Why You Should Continue Wearing a Mask

Wearing a Mask to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Whether someone has a compromised immune system, is older, or has an increased risk for serious disease, continuing to wear a mask in group settings can be crucial for protecting their health. Learn more about how wearing a mask can help to protect you and your community from the spread of COVID-19.

How Wearing a Mask Prevents the Spread of Disease

COVID-19 primarily spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets that get into the air when you talk, yell, cough, or sneeze. Once these droplets land in your mouth or nose, you can become sick yourself.

One of the most simple ways to protect yourself and others from spreading this virus is by reducing the amount of droplets that can be spread by covering your nose and mouth. Whether you feel sick or not, it is important to wear a mask when you’re going to be around others, and you are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance between you.

Who You Protect When Wearing a Mask

Along with protecting yourself from COVID-19, you’re also helping to protect the members of your community. When you wear your mask when spending time in public spaces, you also help to protect those who can’t get vaccinated themselves as well as those at a high risk of severe illness. These people include those who are or have:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Adults over 65
  • Children and babies
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • immunocompromised
  • Chronic heart conditions

Ensuring Your Mask Fits Properly

When wearing a mask, make sure it is meeting the following criteria as outlined by the CDC to ensure the best protection from getting or spreading the virus:

  • It should fit comfortably.
  • Your mask should not obstruct your breathing.
  • The mask should be secured with ear loops or ties.
  • If it is reusable, it should be machine-washable.
  • Disposable masks should only be used once.
  • It should be made from tightly woven fabric.
  • It should fit snug around the mouth, nose and chin without gaps.

Specialty Care in Lancaster, CA

As the only full-service, acute-care hospital in Antelope Valley, Antelope Valley Medical Center is proud to deliver exceptional medical care to the community we serve. Our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing our patients with heartfelt, compassionate care and medical excellence.

Call (661) 949-5000 or visit our dedicated services page for more information about the offerings at AVMC.