WHAT: Senator Joe Machin, is encouraging all West Virginians to wear masks in public to help curb the spread of COVID-19.  This public health information campaign to encourage West Virginians to continue to safeguard themselves from potential exposure to COVID-19.

WHY: This campaign focuses primarily on the Complete Communities and other at-risk neighborhoods with large percentages of residents, particularly seniors, living with health conditions that make them the most vulnerable to contracting the virus.

WHO: Although seniors are especially vulnerable, we encourage everyone to wear a mask in public spaces.  Many diverse neighborhoods are coping with socio-economic challenges and health disparities, such as high rates of diabetes, heart disease and asthma, that can make a COVID-19 diagnosis a life or death emergency.  #MASKUPWV protects everyone.

WHERE: The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing face coverings in grocery stores, drug stores, and other public settings where social distancing measures can be difficult to maintain. The CDC also advises wearing masks to slow the spread of the virus by helping to prevent people who may have the virus, but do not know it, from transmitting it to others.

HOW: Look for #MASKUPWV reminders or messages on social platforms to help show how to protect yourself.  The campaign is also asking all business require employees to wear masks.  A printable flyer can be found here.

Thank you for considering this effort to keep seniors and the most vulnerable safe during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.

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  1. SHOULD I WEAR A MASK? The CDC is encouraging everyone, 10 and older, to wear mask in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
  2. CAN I WEAR A MASK I MADE MYSELF? Absolutely. Wearing a mask you made actually helps to ensure we can supply doctors and other frontline workers with masks.
  3. HOW DO YOU WEAR A FACE MASK? According to the CDC, cloth face coverings should:
    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  4. WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING? According to the CDC, social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:
    • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
    • Do not gather in groups
    • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
  5. HOW DO YOU SOCIAL DISTANCE IN PUBLIC SPACES?  According to the CDC, if you need to shop for food or medicine at the grocery store or pharmacy, stay at least 6 feet away from others. Also consider other options:
    • Use mail-order for medications, if possible.
    • Consider a grocery delivery service.
  6. GATHERINGS?  Avoid gatherings of any size outside your household, such as a friend’s house, parks, restaurants, shops, or any other place. This advice applies to people of any age, including teens and younger adults. Children should not have in-person playdates while school is out. To help maintain social connections while social distancing, learn tips to keep children healthy while school’s out.