Face Masks and COVID-19

May 11, 2020

Face masks have become the symbol of the fight against COVID-19. Health officials and experts recommend that people wear masks when they are out in public to help slow the spread of the virus.

For the protection of its patients and employees, University Medical Center now requires people entering UMC facilities to wear their own face masks. (UMC is not able to provide masks because its supply is being used by its health-care professionals.)

Here’s a look at the different types of masks, how they work and the level of protection they can provide:

Masks have to be worn property to be effective, health experts said. Masks should fit snugly from the top of the nose to below the chin, with no gaps. While no mask is 100% effective, it can help keep you and others safe, when combined with social distancing and regular hand washing, experts said.