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Mask Up, Hattiesburg!


New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that other than staying home, wearing a mask or face covering is the most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 virus is spread through respiratory droplets and contact within the first few days of infection when symptoms may not be present. So, the best way to protect yourself and others from becoming infected is to wear a mask or face covering.

The layers in cloth masks make it much more difficult for the virus to get through. Cloth face coverings are recommended as a barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people. And according to a recent study published by The Lancet, 40 percent of people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, so face masks help prevent people who may have COVID-19 and are unaware of it from spreading the virus to others.

Most counties throughout the state have partially reopened, so it’s critical that people wear face coverings in public settings and around other people. Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting.

The quickest way to open our economy is to control the virus, and studies suggest the best way to do that is to wear a mask. Wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Wear a mask so local businesses and schools can open and stay open. We have a responsibility to protect those we love, our families, and our communities.

Mask Up, Hattiesburg!

Click here to learn how to make your own face covering.


COVID-19: Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings. (2020, July 16). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

COVID-19: Clinical Questions about COVID-19, Questions and Answers (2020, July 21). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/faq.html#Transmission

Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet. (2020, June 1).

Tate Rutland


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