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