When Should I Wear a Mask?

I keep seeing folks where masks in their cars or walking by themselves with their dogs.

To be clear, the CDC is not saying you should wear a mask wherever you go, but rather in places where people congregate, including grocery stores and public transportation and ride-shares.

We have a mantra at BYOM — You protect others by wearing a mask. Others protect you by wearing a mask.

So When?

For the public, wearing masks in group settings, workplaces, grocery stores — where there are people gathered particularly indoors — wearing a mask is ideal.

When you are coughing and sneezing.

When you are taking care of someone that has covid-19

If you are going to a clinic or hospital to be seen by a health care provider because of concerns of cough or fever, doctors recommend wearing a face mask to avoid transmitting possible infection or virus to other patients and medical staff.

We love the “2 x 2” rule — it is simple to remember as a rule of thumb: if you are outdoors and within 2 metres of other people for more than 2 minutes you need to wear a mask.

Ideally, you do not want to wear your mask for long periods of time — excluding high risk or healthcare workers.

References

https://www.sciencealert.com/this-is-why-advice-on-whether-you-should-wear-a-mask-is-just-so-confusing

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-face-masks-doctor-explains-how-and-when-you-should-wear-cloth-mask/