COVID-19 Preventative Measures: Facemasks 101, Sanitizing Surfaces

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Face Masks and Cloth Face Coverings

Recommendations about face masks and face coverings for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cloth face coverings are being recommended for use by the public, but these are different than medical face masks. N95 respirators and surgical masks are used by medical personnel and patients in healthcare environments for single use and disposal. Cloth face coverings may help to catch particles expelled by a cough or sneeze and reduce spread of virus by people who may be infected but not showing symptoms.

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