WHY WEAR A MASK?
Updated July 3, 2020
As the United States faces an increasing number of Covid-19 confirmed cases and deaths, the CDC is recommending that everyone wear a cloth mask when they go out in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Black communities are among the hardest hit. There are large disparities in mortality rates from COVID-19 across the five boroughs due to long-standing systemic health and social inequities. They have an increased risk of getting COVID-19 or experiencing severe illness, regardless of age.
Although wearing a mask does not give you 100% prevention from the disease, it can reduce your chances for infection and allows you to protect yourself and people around you. Please wear a mask.