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#MaskUpVirginia: Virginia launches statewide campaign

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Posted at 10:20 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 10:20:01-04

The Virginia Department of Emergencies announced a statewide campaign to encourage all Virginians to create DIY masks to save medical masks for frontline healthcare professionals.

Mask Up Virginia, the new statewide campaign, is set to destigmatize wearing masks in public and to encourage residents to create no-sew masks with household items.

The CDC released guidance on how to wear face coverings correctly. The CDC says face coverings should fit snug, but comfortably against the side of the face.

The face mask should include multiple layers of fabric, but should still allow for breathing without restrictions and be able to be washed, the CDC says.

Governor Northam announced in a press conference that all Virginians should practice CDC guidelines which say face coverings should be worn in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as, grocery stores and pharmacies.

Surgical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, CDC recommends.

People should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their cloth face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

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