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MSDH recommends public wears masks to limit COVID-19 spread

With the steady rise of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi over the past several days, the Mississippi State Department of Health issued a new recommendation on Monday to help limit the spread of the virus.

MSDH is now recommending that all residents wear a locally produced, non-medical grade or homemade, mask when leaving the home to perform essential functions such as grocery shopping or going to the pharmacy to fill prescriptions.

“This additional safety measure is especially important in areas where proper social distancing is difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores or other areas where essential supplies are obtained,” the MSDH statement read.

Masks recommended for the public to wear do not include a manufactured, or surgical, mask or the N95 masks that are being used by healthcare workers. The masks can be made from a homemade cloth or a scarf.

The MSDH provided tips on how to make, wear and properly clean a homemade mask. The mask should fit snugly, but comfortably, against the side of the face and be secured with ties or ear loops. Multiple layers of fabric should be used to help keep anything from coming through the mask or coming out to the public. The mask should allow for breathing without restriction.

To view all of the safety tips and full instructions on how to make a proper mask, visit the MSDH website.