Why Facemasks are essential

All about masks in the context of COVID-19

In order to prevent COVID-19 transmission and save lives, masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy. Masks alone do not provide adequate protection.

Take simple precautions if COVID-19 is spreading in your community, such as staying away from people, wearing a mask, ventilating rooms well, avoiding crowds, washing your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!

Whenever you are around other people, wear a mask. For masks to be as effective as possible, they must be used, stored, cleaned, or disposed of properly.