COVID-19 Cases Increasing – Wear a Mask

 

On 20 Jan 21, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, mandating federal employees as well as individuals interacting with federal employees wear face mask.

 

In conjunction with the Executive Order signed by the President, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States continues to rise, and people who are infected but do not show symptoms of the virus can also spread the virus to others. 

 

COVID-19 spreads very quickly from person to person

The CDC states, the virus that causes COVID-19 appears to spread more efficiently than influenza but not as efficiently as measles, which is among the most contagious viruses known to affect people.

 

What we know about the spread of the COVID-19 virus

  • People who are physically near (within 6 feet) a person with COVID-19 or have direct contact with that person are at the greatest risk of infection.
  • When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe, they produce respiratory droplets. These droplets can range in size from larger droplets (some visible) to smaller droplets. Small droplets can also form particles when they dry very quickly in the airstream.
  • Infections occur mainly through exposure to respiratory droplets when a person is in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Respiratory droplets cause infection when they are inhaled or deposited on mucous membranes, such as those that line the inside of the nose and mouth.
  • As the respiratory droplets travel further from the person with COVID-19, the concentration of these droplets decreases. Larger droplets fall out of the air due to gravity. Smaller droplets and particles spread apart in the air.
  • With passing time, the amount of infectious virus in respiratory droplets also decreases.

Click here to listen to reasons why wearing a mask is important. We know wearing a mask can help reduce the spread of 

COVID-19. Let’s continue to do our part to ensure the safety of co-workers, family, and our communities.