Masks or facial coverings should be worn anytime you’re in public spaces, both inside and outside when you are near others who are not in your immediate household. Wearing a mask is about protecting others. When you wear a mask, you protect others, and when others wear a mask they protect you. It’s just like holding a door open for someone: It's being kind, courteous and a good neighbor. 

 Wearing a Mask: Myth vs. Fact


MYTH: Wearing a cloth mask doesn't work. 

FACT: Wearing a cloth mask DOES WORK. It can effectively block the spread of speech and breath droplets that spread COVID-19.   


MYTH: If I'm not sick, I don't need a mask. 

FACT: Just because you don’t have symptoms doesn’t mean you don't have COVID and can’t unknowingly spread it when you cough sneeze or talk. Everyone needs to wear a mask in public. 



MYTH: If I wear a mask, I don't need to social distance or avoid crowds. 

FACT: We need LAYERS OF PROTECTION against COVID-19: wear a mask, practice social distancing and avoid congregating.



MYTH: My mask just needs to cover my mouth. 

FACT: To be effective, your mask needs to cover BOTH your mouth and nose. 



Louisiana Department of Health's Mask Up Page 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mask Information