Why should I wear a mask?
Covering your nose and mouth greatly reduces your chances of spreading the virus and also provides protection for you. But wearing a mask is most effective when everyone does it, so encourage your loved ones to wear one, too.
Play your part in stopping the spread
Using masks, combined with social distancing and hand washing, can help keep you, your family, and your community safe and healthy. Local leaders and public health officials want all Georgians to play their part in stopping the spread. Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey are asking you to:
- Wear a mask when out in public or when you cannot keep distance inside.
- Practice physical distancing — six feet from those you don’t live with.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds several times throughout the day with soap and warm water.
- Follow the Executive Order and heed the guidance provided by public health officials.
These simple activities can be incredibly effective in fighting the spread of COVID-19. Together, we can stop the spread, protect people at risk for severe illness, and keep our communities safe. Unite to stop the spread and #MaskUpGeorgia.
How does wearing a mask stop the spread of COVID-19?
Masks and cloth face coverings play an important role in stopping the spread of COVID-19. The coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, spreads mostly from person to person. When a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or talks, respiratory droplets can travel through the air and land on a nearby person. Nearby people can then inhale the virus into their lungs and become infected.
Some people infected with COVID-19 don’t feel any symptoms (also known as “asymptomatic”) and may not know they have the virus. However, these people can still transmit the virus and put others at risk. Wearing a mask significantly reduces the likelihood of asymptomatic people transmitting the virus.
When should I wear a mask?
Reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask or face covering when you are:
- In a public setting
- Around people who live outside your household
- Anywhere that you can’t easily stay 6 feet away from others
Covering your nose and mouth greatly reduces your chances of spreading the virus and also helps provide some protection for you. But remember, wearing a mask or face covering is most effective at stopping the spread when everyone does it, so please encourage your loved ones and community members to wear one, too.
It’s easy to make a cloth face covering
Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost. The recommended cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies used by healthcare workers and other medical first responders. When wearing a mask, try not to touch your face without first washing your hands.