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What Type of Mask Is Best? Which Are Not Effective?

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What Type of Mask Is Best? Which Are Not Effective?

With requirements for wearing face masks nearly everywhere these days, you’re probably seeing an increasing variety: some clear shields, some shields that only cover a portion of your face, bandanas, masks that have vents, and even literal gas masks.  You’re probably wondering which ones are actually effective because some don’t look designed to contain the droplets from your mouth.  The CDC has some information that is very helpful.  First, to address the clear face shields, the CDC does not recommend these as a substitute for a cloth mask.   They do acknowledge there might be situations where a face shield is optimal/necessary. The limited evidence they have on these shields indicates that if you must use one, it should wrap around the sides of the face and extend below the chin.  If the shield is reusable, it should be disinfected after every use.  We did a previous blog about how the vents in the manufactured masks do very little to contain your mucus droplets.  That is explained again in this CDC article.  Masks are a critical preventative measure you can take to contain this highly contagious virus, especially when social distancing is difficult.  Paragon Orthopedic Center continues to require patients to wear a mask when in the clinic and limits visits to only the patient.  We realize this might be an inconvenience, but we also want to do everything we possibly can to keep you, your family, and our staff healthy.  We are hoping for this all to come to an end as much as you are, but until then, please work with us and follow our guidelines for the sake of everyone’s health in Southern Oregon.  Let’s keep  the Covid-19 numbers low Grants Pass!

Read more about how masks are effective, who should wear a mask, who should not wear a mask, face shields and even a link on how to clean your face shield if you wear one:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

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