In combination with social distancing, the Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing face masks when it might be hard to stay six feet apart, like at the grocery store. The mask helps protect other people in case you have the virus but don’t have symptoms.
The CDC says cloth face masks or other coverings help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by stopping respiratory droplets that contain the virus from entering the air when you exhale.
The CDC recommends anyone older than 2 years of age wear a face mask when in a public setting where distancing is difficult. Although, CDC recommendations make an exception for children younger than 2 years old and anyone who has difficulty breathing.