Masks should be worn anytime you are in public or people are nearby. Masks act as a physical barrier to protect you and others from viral and bacterial particulates. Many people unknowingly infect others by going out and spreading germs by coughing or touching others.

You can go out in public areas without a mask if there is no one nearby. Otherwise, regardless if it’s close quarters or spaced out, you should wear a mask with others around. This is precaution and courtesy to yourself and those nearby you.

 Wearing a mask is good for two reasons: It’s going to cut down 95 percent of the breathing that sends the virus up to 6 feet away in a room, and also will reduce fecal/oral transmission by preventing the virus from getting into your nose or mouth” if you touch a contaminated surface and then your face.

What wearing a mask won’t do, however, is take the place of other, more important COVID-19 prevention protocols, such as social distancing and handwashing.

Avoiding handling the cloth without washing your hands, be careful when taking it off to handle the mask by the bands, not the cloth.”

Cloth masks should be washed daily or after every extended use. Wash it with a detergent containing bleach or a bleach-like ingredient, dry it, and it is good to go.

Almost any cloth mask will capture exhaled droplets of virus-containing moisture and cause them to consolidate on the inside of the mask rather than being spread in the environment.

A mask that you’ll wear 100 percent of the time will be more effective than one you’ll wear 75 percent of the time.