Why should I wear a mask?

  • COVID-19 is transmitted predominately by inhalation of respiratory droplets generated when people cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe.
  • Studies show that masks and face coverings block the release of respiratory droplets into the environment and can also reduce the wearer’s exposure to droplets.
  • Many people with COVID-19 are unaware they are carrying the virus. It is estimated that 40% of persons with COVID-19 are asymptomatic but able to transmit the virus to others. This is especially true of the omicron variant of COVID-19, which is spread even easier.
  • Read Why snug, multi-layered masks are more effective

Who should wear a mask?

  • Anyone over 2 years of age.


Who should not wear a mask?

  • Children under 2 years of age
  • Anyone who has a medical condition that makes it hard to
    breathe when wearing a face covering.
  • Anyone who has a disability that prevents the individual from
    wearing a face covering.


When should I wear a mask?

  • Indoor: All indoor spaces, K-12 schools, and medical settings. (This is an Oregon Requirement.)
  • Outdoor: In crowded areas or large gatherings, where you might encounter individuals who are unvaccinated,
    immunocompromised, who are at risk for severe COVID-19 disease or live with someone in one of these categories, and/or where physical distancing of at least six (6) feet from other individuals cannot be maintained. (Oregon Health Authority strong recommendation.)

How should I wear a mask?


What kind of mask should I wear?

  • N95, KN95, and KF94 masks.


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