Masks should be used by sick people to prevent transmission to other people. A mask will help keep a person's droplets in.
It may be less effective to wear a mask in the community when a person is not sick themselves. Masks may give a person a false sense of security and are likely to increase the number of times a person will touch their own face (e.g., to adjust the mask).
Health care workers will wear surgical masks, eye protection, and gowns to protect themselves and their patients. During health care procedures in which aerosol sprays may be generated (for example, when giving certain inhaled medications), health care workers should wear specialized masks.
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