WNY healthcare providers agree on mask usage


Blue face masks. (Karolina Grabowska / Pexels)

(WIVB)– More than 20 healthcare providers in Western New York have released their take on the effectiveness of masks in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

The Influenza-like Illness/COVID Working Group of WNY laid out the following points:

• The working group recommends that individuals wear face
masks to protect the people around them.

• All healthcare providers should wear masks at all times in
all healthcare settings.

• All patients and visitors entering any medical facility or
office should wear a mask, unless there is a strong medical
contraindication, or they are less than 2 years old.

• The effectiveness of masks increases with the percentage
of the population using them. To increase mask use,
healthcare providers should NOT tell patients that masks
are not important.

• All providers should actively educate their patients on the
effectiveness of masks and strongly encourage their use.

• Individuals should wash their hands before putting on a
mask. The mask should cover the nose, mouth, and chin,
and should fit snugly to the side of the face.

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