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Omicron Variant, Use Masks to Slow the Spread!

According to CDC, the first confirmed U.S. case of Omicron was identified on December 1, 2021, and as of December 20, 2021, it was detected in most states and territories.  Information about Omicron are still new and constantly emerging.  CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.

We have the Tools to Fight Omicron – CDC

Vaccines

Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.

Testing

Tests can tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19.

Masks

Masks offer protection against all variants.  CDC provides guides on how to select, properly wear, clean, and store masks: –

  • Choose masks that have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
  • Choose masks that completely cover your nose and mouth.
  • Choose masks that fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps.
  • Choose masks that have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.
  • Wear a gaiter with two layers or fold it to make two layers.
  • Find a mask that is made for children to help ensure proper fit.
  • Check to be sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin of a child, and that there are no gaps around the sides.
  • Wear your scarf, ski mask or balaclava over your mask.
  • People with beards can shave their beards or trim their beards close to the face.  Use a mask fitter or brace.
  • Wearing a mask does not raise the carbon dioxide (CO2) level in the air you breathe.
  • Be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on a mask.
  • Reusable masks should be washed as soon as they become dirty, or at least once a day.
  • Disposable face mask should be thrown away after wearing it once.
  • Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection.

Check back here for current information from CDC to fight and end this pandemic.  Please do your part.

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