We get it. It’s not comfortable. It’s hot. And nobody likes to wear one, but please, if you’re medically able to, wear a face “mask” while you’re out and about! Wash your hands often and keep a reasonable distance from others while in public. Why? Because right now it’s the right thing to do for you, your loved ones, your neighbors, and friends.

Sure – there’s conflicting information out there about whether or not face coverings help, but we believe that something as simple as wearing a face mask, washing your hands often, and keeping your distance can help and there’s plenty of research that supports the cause. Working together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and get back to the business of enjoying each other and our beautiful state!

Face Coverings: Homemade coverings, bandanas, scarves and neck gaiters are all okay! Cloth face coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of your face and cover your nose and mouth area; be secured with ties or ear loops so your hands are kept free; and be made of more than one layer of washable fabric that you can breathe through (face coverings should be washed after each use). It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering. Follow the CDC’s guidance on how to properly wash cloth face coverings .

Hand Washing: Regular hand-washing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.  Any time you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens, etc. you should wash your hands. If you need to scratch/touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, make sure your hands are clean! Check out the CDC guidelines on how clean hands save lives.

Keep Your Distance: Keeping space between you and others is one of the best ways to avoid being exposed to or spreading the virus. You can still get together with friends, just keep your distance! Here is CDC guidance on social distancing.

Resources:

Testing Sites and Information – Volusia County
US Coronavirus Cases
CDC Watch for Symptoms

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