Advice from Nurse Mindy:
The recommendations change so quickly, and there's so much information out there, sometimes it's hard to keep up with the latest advice.
Recently the CDC has added a new recommendation for covering your face when going out in public.
This is especially important if you will not be able to easily separate yourself from others, in places like the grocery store.
If you are going for a walk or bike ride, and will be able to easily separate yourself from others, feel free NOT to wear a face covering.
Covering the nose and mouth will help to slow the spread of the virus, and help to decrease transmission from people who do not know they are infected.
A surgical mask or an N95 mask is not required.
These are still being reserved for healthcare workers who are in situations that put them at a higher risk of being directly exposed to COVID-19.
The suggestion is to use a simple face covering.
It should cover your nose and mouth, and have multiple layers of fabric that can be easily machine washed after each use. The mask should fit snugly on the face, without restricting breathing. It should be secured to the face with ties or earloops.
Not only will wearing a face covering help reduce transmission by providing a barrier, it will also serve as a reminder not to touch your face, which is another great way to protect yourself from getting sick. Just be sure to carefully remove the face covering when you return home. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth when removing, and wash your hands immediately after.
Please note: Using a face covering DOES NOT serve as a substitute for social distancing.
We need to do both, as well as continuing to practice good hand-washing! Also, anyone who is under the age of 2 or has trouble breathing should not wear any type of face covering.
Face Covering Instructions:
As always, please contact me if you have any questions. Nurse Beverly and I miss them so much, and we are praying for you all.
Mindy D. Louviere, RN