ANA-Michigan Joins Michigan Medical Associations in Support of CDC Advisement of Covering Face in Public
"We join the Centers for Disease Control in advising citizens to cover their mouth and nose but leave N95 and other medical grade masks available for healthcare workers,” said Craig Glines, D.O., president of the Michigan of Osteopathic Association. “The number of infections across the U.S. has greatly increased mask shortages across the country for frontline medical personnel continue.” Based on new finding about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) transmission that members of the public should begin covering their mouth and nose when near others outside their homes in places like the grocery store.
Until recently, COVID-19 was believed to spread primarily from person to person, between people who are within about six feet of each other and through droplets from a sick person’s cough or sneeze, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. public-health experts and policy makers have urged social distancing to reduce the disease’s spread. However, some recent research suggests that tiny virus-bearing droplets of all sizes from exhalations can become airborne for varying amounts of time depending on different factors, potentially infecting others or contaminating surfaces.
“It is better to be cautious and cover your nose and mouth with a non-synthetic cloth material, like cotton fabric, than going out without anything covering your face. This practice would at least offer some limited protection against infection and unknowingly spreading the virus if you are asymptomatic. Masks and face coverings are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water,” said John Bizon, M.D., a Michigan State Senator and former president of the Michigan State Medical Society.
It is important to cleanse your hands before covering your face and before removing your mouth covering. Avoid touching it if your hands are not clean and don’t reach under the mask to touch your face if your hands are not clean. Once your face covering becomes moist you will also want to switch it out for a fresh one. The material used to cover your nose and mouth should be washable, comfortable to wear and breathable.
“While it should in no way supplant diligent hand washing and social distancing practices, Michigan’s physician community does support the use of cloth or handmade masks while in public as an added precaution in protecting others from COVID-19, said Mohammed Arsiwala, MD, president of the Michigan State Medical Society. ”