CDC/State of Nevada Recommend Face Masks:
Face Masks information from the CDC website
The CDC continues to advise face masks for those with respiratory conditions to prevent the spread of illnesses. Additionally, studies show that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms and can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. Therefore, the CDC now advises the use of simple cloth face coverings in public settings where it may be difficult to maintain the recommended 6-foot social distance such as grocery stores or pharmacies. This is a voluntary public health measure recommended to slow the spread of the coronavirus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Those most at risk of contracting coronavirus:
According to the CDC, some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
Precautions you can take to avoid contracting coronavirus include:
- Practicing basic hygiene is the single-most effective way to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases, including COVID-19.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth when coughing.
- Sneeze using a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash immediately following use.
- Get a flu shot.
- If you get sick, please stay home from work, school or other places where you are in close frequent contact with other people.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched "community" objects and surfaces.
Visit the Southern Nevada Health District website for local updates and current information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The public can call the Health District’s Information Line at (702) 759-INFO (4636) with questions about coronavirus, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Additionally, remember the key steps recommended for general emergency preparedness:
1. Get a disaster supply kit. The kit should contain items for you and your family's basic needs for two weeks, including food and water, and provisions for infants, medically fragile family members and pets.
2. Create an emergency plan. Family members may not be together when an emergency occurs, so it's important to plan in advance how you will connect with one another.
3. Be informed. Visit the emergency preparedness pages of Clark County's website to learn more.