(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.