Why wear a mask?
According to the CDC, the purpose of wearing masks in public is to protect other people from COVID-19, rather than yourself. Since many people who have the virus do not show symptoms, masks help reduce the possibility of the disease transmitting to others.
Recent studies show many people with coronavirus lack symptoms and even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before symptoms show up. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing— even if those people don’t seem sick. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of the disease in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (for example, grocery stores and pharmacies).
For more information about the CDC’s recommendations, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html