Face masks, when combined with frequent hand washing, staying home when sick and social distancing, can help stop the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets that are released when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or breathes. Masks provide additional protection because they act as a simple barrier for those respiratory droplets. In some cases, those with COVID-19 do not show any symptoms at all, and may not realize they have it. This is why it's recommended that all who are able wear a mask outside in public and around people outside of your household. Wearing a mask is not guaranteed to prevent you from getting COVID-19, however, you are helping to protect others from getting it.
- One minute video which shows airflow when breathing and coughing while wearing different kinds of face masks and not wearing a face mask.
- If you need a face mask and don't sew, no problem! Watch this short 45 second video on making a face mask with a t-shirt and rubber bands.
- Information about children wearing masks for parents and caregivers.
- Do masks work to prevent the spread of COVID-19? Click here for the evidence.
- Is a face mask irritating your skin? Fogging up your glasses? Click here to learn helpful information.
- More mask information including how to wear a mask and clean it from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.