Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

Yes. If you are in a public, enclosed spaced, you are required to wear a cloth face covering, even if you are healthy (Executive Order 2020-59). There are lots of cost effective ways to make a covering for your face. The U.S. Surgeon General created a video to show you how to make coverings with materials you have around your house. You can also purchase non-medical face masks and low-cost face coverings at local and online retailers.

It is important to remember that medical face masks (like surgical masks and N95 respirators) must be saved for healthcare workers. Medical facemasks should be worn by:

If you are sick with respiratory illness, you should wear a face covering, over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people or animals, including pets (even at home). You don’t need to wear the face covering if you are alone. If you can’t put on a face covering (because of trouble breathing for example), cover coughs and sneezes in some other way.

MDHHS has provided guidance for the use of face coverings for the general public.

Last updated: June 24, 2020