Why Wear a Mask?
One of the easiest ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a face mask and socially distance from other people. These actions, along with staying home when you are sick, regularly washing your hands, and avoiding touching your face, make a big difference!
We know that masks are sometimes uncomfortable, but we ask that all patients and staff please wear a mask in our facilities. There are many reasons why!
It is a sign of respect and love.
Yes, that's right, love! Wearing a mask shows everyone around you that you care about them, and it shows you do not want other people to get sick.
It keeps you healthier.
While we are still learning so much about COVID-19, it's clear that wearing a mask can only help prevent the spread of disease. That means you'll be healthier, and it reduces the risk that you'll accidentally spread it to another person.
It protects your family and loved ones.
Wearing a mask, and reducing your own risk of COVID, also means that you will be less likely to spread disease to loved ones at home, like maybe your children, your partner, or your parents and siblings.
RESOURCES ABOUT WEARING A MASK (AND HOW TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT!)
- Talking to children about wearing masks by Melissa Mendez, LCSW, IMH-E, Director of Early Childhood Programs, Wheeler
- CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread
- Use of Masks Helps Slow Spread of COVID-19 (CDC)
- Five Reasons to Wear a Mask (AARP)
- Wearing a Mask: Myths and Facts (University of Maryland)
- Guide for teens about how to talk to someone who doesn't want to wear a mask (TeenVogue)
- Helping people with autism spectrum disorder manage masks and COVID-19 tests (Harvard University)