Myths about face masks and Covid 19

Myth 1: You do not need to wear a face mask if you do not feel sick.

Experts have learned a great deal more about the coronavirus and how it is spread since the start of the pandemic, and now the recommendation is that everyone, including people who feel healthy – must wear a face covering in public settings where it may be difficult to maintain at least 6 feet of space from others. Think: shops, pharmacies, retail stores, hair salons, crowded parks and more.

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The reason? This is an extra layer of protection. The virus is thought to spread easily among people in close contact with each other by respiratory droplets that escape when an infected individual sneezes, coughs or speaks. Some people with infections may be presymptomatic or even without symptoms, and therefore at risk of unknowingly spreading the virus to others.

Myth 2: Everyone should wear a surgical mask or N95 respirator.

The advice from the CDC is that the general public should wear cloth masks, not the class of medical masks, which are best left to health care professionals at the forefront of the pandemic. These can be bought in shops or online or made from stuff found at home, such as bandanas and scarfs. For an R Shield Mask, visit a site like

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Myth 3: A loose-fitting mask works just as well.

This is wrong. For protection, a mask must fit snugly but comfortably against the face, completely covering the mouth and nose to help stop any respiratory droplets from getting into the air. However, it remains important that you can breathe without limitation.