When it comes to masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, many options are available. How do you decide which mask is right for you?
John O'Horo, M.D., a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist, reviews and demonstrates how to properly wear acceptable masks:
Wearing a mask serves two purposes, says Dr. O'Horo. They add a layer of protection to the person wearing the mask and help prevent onward transmission to others.
If you are using a surgical or procedural mask, it should be replaced daily or at any sign the mask's integrity is compromised, or when the mask is visibly soiled, contaminated, damaged or deemed unusable.
Along with masking, Dr. O'Horo advises everyone who is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination and booster.
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