The Louisiana Department of Health is reminding the public that masks should be worn when interacting with others not in your immediate household.
According to LDH, masks or face coverings should be worn in indoor public spaces and anytime in public when you are near others who are not in your immediate household.
"Wearing a mask is about protecting others. When you wear a mask, you protect others, and when others wear a mask they protect you. It’s just like holding a door open for someone: It's being kind and courteous. So continue to practice social distancing and MASK UP."
N95 masks are for healthcare workers only. While in public, you should use a mask, scarf or other face covering.
In an April press conference, Gov Edwards said that the public should wear masks when out or interacting in others. "Everybody else really needs to be wearing masks when in public and when in contact with other people," the governor said. "I say this because everybody needs to start preparing. Make sure you and everyone in your family has one. You can buy them, you can make them. Unless you’re a healthcare worker, you don’t need to purchase an N95. We’re talking about facial coverings, which are relatively easy to make."
While urges the public to wear masks, his extended stay at home order has mandated that workers who interacting with the public must wear masks.
On Monday May 4, 2020, Edwards reiterated the use of masks saying, Masks are critical to slow the spread of the virus. When you think about how many people have died here in Louisiana and around the country, and how many more are expected to die, it is a very minor inconvenience in light of what we’re up against."
Below is info on when to wear masks and how to wear one.
When to wear a mask/face covering
Why wear a mask/face covering
How to wear a mask/face covering
How to make a mask or face covering
Gloves are not recommended
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