Simple cloth face coverings slow the spread of the virus. COVID-19 is thought to spread from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected individual coughs, sneezes or talks in close contact (<6 feet) from others. Wearing a face covering helps protect people around you. It is possible to be infected and to not have any symptoms.
Everyone should wear a cloth face covering except those under 2 years of age and those who have health conditions that prevent them from wearing one. The cloth face covering should cover both the nose and mouth and may include a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief. Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing
A cloth face covering should be worn in any community setting where you may be near people like a grocery store or pharmacy.
A cloth face covering should also be worn when outside if you’re around people and in a situation where it might be difficult to maintain social distancing. It is best to exercise in places where you can social distance since wearing a face covering when exercising makes it hard to breathe.