The Centers for Disease Control and prevention does not recommend that well people wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
Who Should Wear Masks. A face mask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.
If you need hands-on health care and you are coughing, expect to be asked to put on a mask immediately and limit the number of people with you to no more than two adults who are well. If you are sick and coming to seek healthcare, wear a mask if you have one at home.
The use of face masks also is crucial for health workers and those who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
Thinking About Wearing a Mask?If you choose to use them, be careful when adjusting the mask and avoid reaching under it (they itch) to touch your nose or mouth because the virus can spread by unwashed hands. Also, masks do not work well if they are soiled or damaged.
If You Work in Social Services and Have Face-to-Face Visits With Clients
If You Work in Health Care. Any coughing patient should be offered a mask. There are special tight-fitting masks that healthcare workers are trained to use to protect them from infection.
Talk to your internal occupational health or infection control providers for specific guidance on when to use masks or respirators.