Its a given that we ALL want to stay healthy and not come down with flu or other respiratory viruses. But what is the best way to prevent illness? Does wearing a mask actually help?
Surgical masks are physical barriers that can offer “some protection” against a visible splash or spray of fluid or large droplets.
You may notice that our office does provide surgical masks to wear in our waiting room IF your child is actively sneezing or coughing which cause spread of illness through respiratory secretions. Transmission of respiratory viruses can occur through direct and indirect contact with infectious respiratory secretions, such as by hands that touch surfaces and then deliver the germs to the eyes, nose or mouth. So hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is still the NUMBER ONE way of preventing spread of disease. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Should a person with no symptoms wear a mask? Currently the CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases including COVID-19 (coronavirus). So we recommend that a well parent or sibling not wear one of the provided masks when accompanying your child to our office. Instead, have your child (if possible) wear a mask in the waiting room if they are actively sneezing or coughing which then in turn will protect others. If they are unable to wear the mask, use tissues to have then sneeze or cough into and then dispose in nearest trash can. And remember, masks are single use and can come off in the exam rooms.
We are all wishing for an end to this flu season, keep washing those hands!