Face Coverings Encouraged to Help Slow Community Spread of COVID-19

April 4, 2020

In yesterday’s press briefing, Mayor Keller encouraged Burqueños to wear face coverings when they leave their homes, echoing a recommendation from New Mexico health officials and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Specially designed masks for doctors and nurses should not be used by members of the public to ensure there are as many as possible for front-line health care workers and first responders. A bandana, homemade fabric mask, scarf, ski mask, or other cloth barrier with two layers of fabric can help prevent those who have mild or no COVID-19 symptoms from unknowingly spreading the virus to others.

“A face covering as basic as a scarf worn over your nose and mouth can help slow the spread of the virus, whether or not you are exhibiting symptoms,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Everyone should stay home as much as possible, but for those times it’s absolutely necessary to leave, covering your face and social distancing can help keep more people healthy.”

It’s important to note that while face coverings may provide an additional benefit, they do not replace essential practices of staying at home, hand washing, and social distancing.

The recommendation on face coverings from the State and CDC reflect concern over a worrisome rate of infection spread by people who do not exhibit symptoms in the onset of infection.

Click here to see Mayor Keller demonstrate a simple way to wear your own face covering.

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