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.
How to Wear Your Mask Correctly
Make sure the mask fits to cover your nose, mouth and chin. Make sure you can breathe and talk comfortably through your mask.
Don’t remove the mask while around others in public. Don’t share your mask with family members or friends.