"Most people who do not work in a health care setting have not received training on how to put on and take off the masks properly. Doing this incorrectly can actually increase your risk of infection. Also, people who are wearing masks tend to touch their face more than those who are not, which can paradoxically result in an increased risk of infection as well," says Dr. Rajapakse.
Wash hands frequently using soap and water for 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth. Practice cough etiquette. Cough into a flexed elbow or tissue, discard the tissue in the trash, and wash hands.
Stay home from school, work and public places if feeling unwell.
Check the CDC website for additional updates on COVID-19.
I live in Travis County (Austin) Texas. This week, face masks are mandatory to wear in public places, including outdoors, unless you are in a space alone or with members of your own household. Most people here have been observing the 6 ft distancing rule, but not all. It was also done out of caution as health officials believe there are so many asymptomatic carriers, or those with mild cases who do not know that they have Covid-19.
I made a homemade mask out of tightly woven cotton fabric and a couple of rubber bands. Tightly woven cotton is the fabric recommended by the health officials.
Our local (mayor and county) officials have been more pro-active than elsewhere in Texas. Our R-governor, Abbott, is making plans with the Trump administration to start reopening segments of the economy, perhaps sooner than local officials deem proper. We don't really know yet as Abbott hasn't released his plan to the public. Meanwhile, the city extended lockdown until May 8, when it will be reviewed for extension as needed.
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