As colder weather pushes people indoors more, case numbers are rising—particularly in people age 15 to 24 according to the Minnesota Department of Health. While young adults are reportedly at lower risk of severe disease or death from COVID-19, some still experience serious illness, and all can transmit the infection to others. Use the resources below to see the facts for yourself to make informed decisions to keep yourself and those around you healthy.
The data is clear. The most effective ways to reduce the spread of the virus are to wash hands, stay at least 6 feet away from others, and wear a face mask. Case studies have shown that universal masking to control COVID at its source has helped to prevent transmission. In one study, hair stylists that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) did not transmit to their clients while wearing face coverings.
Research shows that wearing face masks, combined with frequent hand-washing and physical distancing, can help slow the spread of COVID-19. However, with misinformation and myths being spread online, it's important to know the truth. Read the following debunked myths to learn more.
Myth: I don’t have COVID. I don’t need to wear a mask.
Fact: COVID can be spread by people who show no symptoms. Wearing a face covering in public can help reduce this kind of transmission.
Myth: If I’m just running into the store for a quick trip, I don’t need to wear a mask.
Fact: Everyone over the age of 2 years old should wear a face covering when in public (especially when physical distancing is difficult or impossible).
Myth: I’ve already had COVID, so don’t need to wear anything anymore.
Fact: If infected with COVID-19, a face covering helps keep the respiratory droplets that carry COVID-19 contained so they don’t spread to other people. It’s unclear how long any immunity protection may last, so all are encouraged to continue wearing a mask when out.
Myth: Due to medical problems, I can’t wear a face mask, so I’ll just risk it.
Fact: There are options that slow the spread of COVID for those unable to wear facemasks. The CDC website has guidance and alternatives.
Learn who should wear a mask, how to wear a mask properly, and when to wear a mask.
Our social relationships are important for our overall health and well-being and can greatly reduce our stress levels. Physical distancing and other measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 can leave many feeling isolated and anxious. It’s important to find new ways to connect with family and friends.