In some places, wearing a cloth face covering or mask is now mandatory for indoor and some outdoor public spaces. In addition to continued social distancing, hand washing, and staying home as much as possible, wearing masks can provide important protections against COVID-19 exposure.
For some people with COPD, asthma and other respiratory conditions, facial coverings may make breathing more difficult. If that is the case, we encourage you to consider alternatives that allow you to stay at home. For example, many grocery stores and other business offer delivery or you may ask a family member or friend to help you get the supplies you may need. Also, try to schedule your daily walk (or other outings) when others are less likely to be out.
If you can breathe comfortably while wearing a face mask, we want to share some tips to ensure it provides you with the most protection.:
- Make sure the mask covers both your nose and mouth
- The mask should fit snugly against the side of the face
- Use the ties or ear loops to keep the mask in place
- Use a mask that has multiple layers
- If you wear a cloth mask, find one that can withstand being washed without damage
- Make sure you remove your mask without touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
Even with a mask, it’s important to practice social distancing. Continuing to avoid crowds in parks, stores, and streets can help minimize your exposure to COVID-19.
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