Wayne Tilcock/UC Davis

Why Masks? To Protect Your Community

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As COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions ease and more businesses, bars and restaurants open, health experts and state officials are also seeing more confusion, disdain and even hostility toward wearing masks.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom reacted last Thursday (June 18) by issuing an order requiring Californians to wear face coverings in “high-risk” settings that include any indoor public space, lines to enter those spaces and any setting where 6-foot social distancing is not feasible. (Yolo County has mandated face coverings since April 24.)

UC Davis experts have been warning about the need for masks and have advice for the nuances about wearing them, how to care for them and what not to wear. But their advice about masks starts with one simple point: Wear them. Protect your community.

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