Let’s Talk Masks

By Dr. Michele Dikkers, Physician at Cornerstone Family Practice and GMHC, Chair of Clayton County Board of Health

Masks…should we wear them or shouldn’t we. It is obvious that those in health care are wearing them, but what about you?

Simply, the answer is YES, WEAR A FACEMASK whenever you are not in your home.

The CDC, Dr. Fauci, and the President’s coronavirus task force all agree that wearing a cloth face covering to cover the nose and mouth can be helpful in decreasing the spread of COVID-19.   The mask should be worn in addition to (not instead of) social distancing and frequent hand washing.  

It should be noted that wearing a cloth face mask is not intended to directly protect the wearer, but may prevent the spread of the virus to others.  Remember, we do not know when someone becomes contagious (when they may spread the disease to others). Being contagious may start before they show symptoms. 

The more people around you wearing masks, the less the chance that you will get the virus from them.  So by wearing a mask, you protect others and remind them that they should be wearing a mask too, which in turn protects you.  

Medical masks should be worn by our medical workers, cloth masks should be worn by EVERYONE.  

There are many patterns for “sew” and “no sew” masks on line.  If you don’t feel you are able to manage the creative task of making a facemask you may know someone that is up to the task.  I made mine out of old shirts that were in a donation pile and no longer being worn.  

If you feel you have no options, contact your local medical office, clinic or hospital, Clayton Co. VNA or Clayton Co. Emergency Management. We will partner together to get our communities masked. 

If you have been sewing fabric masks, please continue to sew them, and drop off at GMHC or Family Resource Center and we will redistribute them to our communities.

When you wear a mask, you are protecting and caring for each other.  Wear a mask when you go shopping, get your mail or work with anyone that you don’t live with.  

We are in this together.

 

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