How to Wear a Mask and Why it's Important Photos and cutlines by lilly macinnis

Avery Strand demonstrates the correct way to wear a mask according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says that “Masks offer some protection to you and are also meant to protect those around you, in case you are unknowingly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19”. The following pictures are incorrect ways to wear masks.

In an article about how important it is to wear a mask the CDC outlines that “COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Respiratory droplets travel into the air when you cough, sneeze, talk, shout, or sing. These droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of people who are near you or they may breathe these droplets in”. In this photo with her nose exposed, Strand is still susceptible to droplets that might contain COVID-19.

Social distancing is another way to prevent getting COVID-19, but when you can't stay six feet apart you should always wear a mask. Wearing a mask doesn't only protect you, but also protects the people around. “The main function of wearing a mask is to protect those around you, in case you are infected but not showing symptoms” (CDC).

Wearing a mask is imperative to stop the spread of coronavirus. The CDC says that “In an editorial published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight”. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 every person needs to do their part.