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Coronavirus masks provide freedom says US Surgeon General

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Coronavirus masks provide freedom says US Surgeon General

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams recently promoted the wearing of coronavirus masks on his official Twitter account, saying these masks promote freedom during the pandemic and posting a picture of himself wearing one.

This tweet comes on the heels of a growing sentiment among some people that masks infringe on personal freedoms. According to Dr. Adams, if everyone wears masks, all people will have more freedom to go out because it will help prevent disease spread and allow more places to open sooner.

Recently, public health officials all over the world have been encouraging people to wear coronavirus masks. Some people without symptoms, known as asymptomatic carriers, can spread the virus without knowing it. Face coverings are meant to stop people who are infected from spreading the illness to other people.

While masks were not a part of the guidance from US officials at the beginning of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began to recommend mask wearing the public in areas where it’s hard to maintain social distancing, such as a retail store.

This recommendation came as evidence emerged showing people could spread COVID-19 without having any symptoms themselves. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated its guidance recently, recommending that everyone living in an area with rapid spread of COVID-19 cases wear masks. WHO also advised all health care workers and caregivers to wear masks any time they are in a clinical setting.

Many people in the US and other countries have never worn a mask in daily life before, so they are struggling to do so now, which is why Dr. Adams posted that message on his social media account.

People do not like to be told what to do and may find the masks uncomfortable or believe they are ineffective. They value freedom and see mask requirements as an infringement on those freedoms, even though the masks are meant to protect everyone.

The key, some experts believe, is to get people to understand that wearing a mask is a sign of solidarity with everyone else and not a forfeiture of any personal freedoms.

As noted by Dr. David Aronof from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Division of Infectious Diseases in Tennessee, everyone needs to depend on each other right now to do the right things so the pandemic can come to its natural end (https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/06/health/why-people-dont-wear-masks-wellness-trnd/index.html).

 

Handling masks properly

A face mask should be worn properly to ensure the wearer and everyone they come into contact with is kept safe. Masks should always been worn over the face and nose and fit snugly.

A person should never touch a mask while they are wearing it, and if they do, they must wash or sanitize their hands immediately. A mask should always be removed by its ear loops, so the front of the mask or the face remain untouched. Any time someone removes a mask, they need to wash their hands with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, they should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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