Masks and Social Distancing at Blue HarborJuly 23, 2020
Wearing masks during COVID-19 is an essential way to protect yourself and others from the growing risk of COVID-19. We've been working with Dr. Jay to stay safe.Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been working with our Consulting Physician, Dr. Jay Fathi. He’s a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and has previously worked as the Senior Medical Director for a large healthcare system in Seattle, WA. His expertise has been so incredibly helpful as we continue to plan and update our protocol to keep our communities safe and protected.
We were lucky to get to meet with Dr. Jay Fathi to review best practices during this time. Check out the video of our educational session with him, and read on for a detailed breakdown!
Why Do We Wear Masks?
COVID-19 is transmitted when people are in close contact with one another, breathing the same air. It can spread through mouth and nose secretions, which can be released when someone coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings (review WHO conversation on droplets here).
When we wear masks, we are protecting ourselves and others from infected air vapors, particles, or secretions. Wearing masks significantly decreases the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19.
When Do We Wear Masks?
Depending on the state or county that you live in, regulations may differ. Some areas, for example, require masks at all times in public. Be sure to check your local regulations, but when in doubt, always wear a mask; you’re not only protecting yourself, but you’re protecting those around you.
When outdoors, if you can maintain at least 6-feet distance, masks are generally not required, but we do recommend wearing masks at all times, just to be safe.
Studies show that avoiding crowds, staying six feet apart, and wearing masks will help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We can still enjoy a rich and full life while social distancing. A few ways we’re making it fun!
- Social distancing-friendly exercise!
- Fun ways to social distance (including social distance happy hours!)
- Getting creative in quarantine!
- Virtual travel tips!
The True Blue Approach to COVID-19
If you are curious about our commitment to staying safe, please feel free to consult our COVID-19 Page, where we provide the latest information regarding our response to the pandemic. Additionally, please continue to review CDC guidance on face cloth coverings and how to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Stay safe and healthy, everyone—and wear your masks!
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