COVID-19 FAQs: Do we need to wear face masks?

Sanford Health CMO Allison Suttle, M.D., clarifies who needs protective gear

Dr. Allison Suttle uses her hand to emulate a face mask to protect from the novel coronavirus. A logo on the lower third part of this screenshot says Allison Suttle, M.D., Chief Medical Officer.

You don’t need a face mask if you’re healthy, says Dr. Allison Suttle, chief medical officer of Sanford Health.

It’s a common concern as more people are diagnosed with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The people that need the masks are those individuals that are currently sick with coronavirus,” she said. “If they wear a mask, that will prevent those droplets from spreading elsewhere and prevent others from getting sick.”

Health care providers working closely with COVID-19 patients also need masks.

“A healthy individual out walking around does not need to wear a mask to prevent getting the coronavirus,” Dr. Suttle said. “They need to wash their hands.”

Speaking of medical supplies, Dr. Suttle offered a few more pieces of advice:

  1. Don’t hoard supplies.
  2. Don’t panic.
  3. Understand the facts.
  4. Keep doing what we do best as Midwesterners, and that’s taking care of one another.

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