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COVID-19: To Mask or Not to Mask…That is the Question

COVID-19: To Mask or Not to Mask…That is the Question

For those who are still going out and about in public — either due to being an essential worker or due to some other reason — there has been confusion about whether wearing a mask does or does not make a difference for the general public. According to the Mississippi Department of Health, the confusion should end now: MASKS ARE NOW RECOMMENDED.

According to a press release of April 6, all Mississippians should adopt the wearing of masks when venturing out into public spaces.

According to the release, “MSDH recommends that all Mississippi residents wear locally produced (non-medical grade masks) or homemade cloth masks when leaving the home to perform essential functions such as grocery shopping or filling prescriptions.”

It is suggested that surgical-grade N-95 masks NOT be used, but instead reserved for hospital workers.

Of course, opting to stay at home as much as possible is the best way to keep your family safe while helping to slow the spread of the virus.

Check back here soon, as we’ll be sharing more information via PK Cares on creating homemade masks to increase protection for your family, as well as for other members of the public that you might encounter.

To keep up on COVID-19 information from MSDH, visit



About The Author

Kara Bachman

Kara Bachman is a Managing Editor for Parents & Kids. She's also a book editor, former newspaper reporter, and is author of the humor essay collection, "Kissing the Crisis," which deals with the zanier aspects of parenting, relationships and turning 40. She's read her work on NPR radio and over 1,500 items have appeared in dozens of literary and commercial publications, including The Writer, The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and, Dogster, Mississippi Magazine, American Fitness and many more. She's a New Orleans native, but lived for over a dozen years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including during 2005 when her house was flooded by Hurricane Katrina. She's a mom to two teenagers.

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