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Debunked masking myths

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As protective measures against COVID-19 remain and cases continue to rise in Virginia, we need to recommit to the steps we already know for a safe holiday season. One of the ways you can stay safe is by wearing a mask. We understand misinformation online can make knowing what to do difficult, so we've debunked the top myths to help you feel safe during the holidays amid the pandemic.


Myth: I don’t need to wear a mask if I’m not sick


Wearing a mask is an important step in reducing the spread of COVID-19. It is recommended that everyone 2 years of age and older wear a mask in public and when around people who don’t live in the same household.


Myth: Wearing a mask will increase the amount of carbon dioxide I breath 


Your mask protects them. Their mask protects you. Carbon dioxide will freely diffuse through your mask as you breathe.


Myth: Cloth masks do not protect you from getting COVID-19


When selecting a mask, you have many choices. The CDC does not recommend face shields, as they are still undergoing evaluation. DO wear masks with two or more washable, breathable layers.


Myth: I don’t need to practice social distancing if I’m wearing a mask


Wearing a mask does not substitute for social distancing. Continue to keep a distance of 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) between yourself and others. It is best to both wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect yourself and others.


Wearing a mask can help prevent people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading the virusWearing a face mask, along with frequent hand washing and social distancing, can help flatten the curve.