Face Mask information from our school nurse

From Your School Nurse

As most of you have heard Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has extended our states stay-athome order for another two weeks, saying it’s a necessary step to slow the spread of COVID-19. Along with this directive, he has encouraged people to wear cloth masks in public places where it’s difficult to maintain social distancing, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. These masks should be cloth coverings not medical-grade masks that are needed by health care workers. Remember, cloth masks are not a reason to ignore the important practice of frequent hand washing and social distancing, staying at least six feet away from other people.

According to the CDC, “we now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—
even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”

Below is a link to “How to Make Your Own Face Covering” – no sewing required.

Other helpful information

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-facecoverings.html

Stay healthy,
Francis Leonard, RN
mleonard@helenaschools.org