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).