The importance of masking during COVID-19
Beginning June 26, 2020, a statewide mandatory face covering order went into effect. Every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering.
When you visit our Clinics, our teammates will be wearing masks, and you will also be required to wear a mask. The Everett Clinic supports universal masking and following the statewide mandate. We will not provide masking exemption letters or waivers for any patients, regardless of age or medical condition. The harm from infection far outweighs the risk to your health from wearing a mask.
Are you or someone you know still questioning the rationale of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID?
The CDC recommends wearing a mask to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people. The mask acts as barrier when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.
A face mask may not protect you, but it may keep you from spreading the virus to those around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores and restaurants). The masks recommended by the CDC aren’t surgical masks or respirators. Currently, those are critical supplies reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of face masks is particularly important in public settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain. The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when masks are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
For patients unable to come into our Clinics or for those who do not wish to comply with our masking requirement, Virtual care is a great option to receive needed care. Virtual care is a simple, safe, and secure way for you to talk with your provider and care team without coming into the Clinic.
You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. Wearing a mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
Wearing a face mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
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