Wear A Mask
Slow the spread. Get our economy back on track. Protect workers. Save lives.
Wearing a mask is about protecting our loved ones from this deadly virus and making sure every Missouri community can recover. And it’s up to all of us to do our part. We’ll get through this, but we must work together.
Why it matters
The role that masks play in combating COVID-19 in our communities
The COVID-19 virus travels person-to-person through tiny respiratory droplets produced through coughing, sneezing, and speaking. Without a mask or proper social distancing, these droplets can land on an uninfected person and make their way into the lungs. Multiple studies have shown that people without any symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic) and people who eventually will develop symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can infect others.
Wearing a face covering, like a cloth face mask that covers your nose and mouth, when you’re around others — especially in places where proper social distancing can’t be maintained, like in a store or restaurant — is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
When you wear a cloth mask, you are protecting those around you in case you’re an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19. When others wear a mask, they are doing their part to protect you in case they’re an asymptomatic carrier.
Cloth masks are most likely to slow the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings and coupled with other preventative measures, like social distancing, good hygiene, and cleaning/disinfection. Let’s all do our part to bend the curve and keep our communities safe!
NOTE: Children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance should not wear cloth face masks.