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COVID-19 working group of Western New York releases consensus statement on mask usage


Thu, Nov 12th 2020 04:50 pm

A group of more than 20 health care and health-related organizations has released a statement on the importance of mask wearing in health care settings, and on masks as an effective tool to control the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. The statement includes:

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

√ All health care providers should wear masks at all times in all health care 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, health care 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.

Click HERE for the list and full list of signees (PDF).

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