Your

Industrial BuildingFAQs

We're here to answer your questions

We know that many people have questions and concerns during this uncertain time. So we're developing a list of free resources and information for our community.

Masks

What do you mean by "Masks worn by all employees"?

COVID-19 is often spread by infected people directly to others (within 6 feet) or indirectly contaminating surfaces. You can get the virus by coming into contact with an infected person's respiratory droplets when they cough, sneeze, or talk. Asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people do not feel or show symptoms while infected and spread the virus.

For clarity, we are recommending methods aligned with the CDC to mitigate the spread of disease.

  • Masks to be worn in all public/ shared work spaces at all times except while eating or drinking in designated areas.
  • It is up to businesses if individuals take off their masks when alone in their private work area with attention to proper personal/ surface/ distancing hygiene.
  • It is up to businesses whether a meeting in a private office with proper physical distancing may occur without masks. Awareness that there is potential that droplets emitted by breathing/ talking may fall on surfaces around an individual and potentially contaminate surfaces, food, and objects.
  • If an individual is working in a customer’s home/ business then a mask should be worn the entire time
  • Masks or cloth face coverings should cover the nose and mouth and fit comfortably to reduce the need for adjustment.
  • Ability to sanitize hands if the mask or face is touched.
  • Delivery drivers should wear a mask at any time there is the potential to contaminate packages/ food containers (i.e.picking up, delivering, or if relevant driving while safety maintained)

Ultimately, we formally recommend you follow national and local safety standards relevant to your business.

Do I have to wear a mask when I'm in the office by myself?

No. You should just wear a mask when you're in a shared workspace where you may infect someone else.

Why do people wear masks?

Currently the CDC recommends a medical or cloth mask for decreasing the chance of spreading the virus causing COVID-19 (Source Control).

Is a shield alone OK without a mask?

The CDC does NOT recommend a face shield alone to minimize spread of coronavirus. A shield alone without a mask does not prevent droplets emitted with each breath from falling on surfaces, food, people, and objects and potentially spread to other individuals.

Is a shield with a mask better than a mask alone?

There is indication that a shield with a mask may be better for you and others.

Does the mask need to cover my nose?

Masks or cloth face coverings should cover the nose and mouth and fit comfortably to reduce the need for adjustment.

Do I need to wash my mask?

Yes. If your respiratory droplets have the coronavirus in them then your mask may be a source for infection

How can I make it so I do not fog my glasses so much?

A moldable wire such as the wire on the top of the bag of your coffee beans/ grounds can be attached to the top of the mask to create a better seal. In addition, some people will wash their glasses with soap and water and gently pat the glasses dry so some soap remnant remains on the glasses which can decrease fogging. Lastly, some people will use tape on the mask to decrease the moisture coming up on your glasses.

What is the best fitting mask?

  • Fit snugly but comfortably along the sides of the face.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loop- do not want to be fixing the mask and touching the face repeatedly
  • Cover mouth and nose with no gaps between face and the mask
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to laundered or machine dried without damage or change in shape
  • Allows for the breath to go through the mask and not around it.

What if I cannot afford a mask or find one?
Why do some people say it may be more dangerous to wear a mask?

A poorly fitting mask may cause one to frequently touch their face or mask and potentially increase the chance of spreading the virus. Please see recommendations for a properly fitting mask.

Does a cloth mask help protect me?

This concept is debatable. The main purpose of wearing a mask is to decrease the chance that you may infect others. Some cloth masks with a HEPA filter and a proper seal may pass the official N95 testing process and may be beneficial. A mask alone does not protect the eyes and this a potential source for getting the virus causing COVID-19.

I have a mask with a ‘pop off’ valve, can I spread germs through this valve?

Yes. We recommend that a piece of tape or other method to seal this valve is used so your breath does not escape through the valve.

Do you have other ideas on an ideal mask?

Yes. A mask that has more surface area in front of the mouth will decrease the chance the breath will go around the mask. One method some use is to utilize the wire from a coffee bag to create a bulge in front of the mouth so your breath has more fabric to go through which may decrease the chance the breath may go around the mask.

If I am sick can I go around others if I wear a cloth mask?

We recommend you follow CDC guidelines and stay home and isolate yourself from others per current recommendations.

Video: Stay Healthy

Watch how droplets spray from the simple phrase "Stay Healthy" without a mask.

Hygiene

What do you mean by "Personal/Surface/Distance Hygiene"?

  • Personal Hygiene - The best way to protect yourself and others from germs is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. In addition, the hands should be sanitized promptly if one touches a potentially contaminated surface or your face.
  • Surface Hygiene - Practice routine cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces. The ‘Businesses’ section provides excellent resources pertaining to safe and effective methods of cleaning and disinfecting. If working in another’s home or business, methods should be established to sanitize potentially contaminated areas prior to leaving.
  • Distancing Hygiene - When possible, It’s important to physically distance yourself from employees and patrons. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance (about two arms’ length) from others if possible to decrease the chance of spread. Consider strategies in your work environment to help with this endeavor, i.e. stagger work shifts & breaks, avoid in-person meetings and large groups, and avoid non-essential travel.

Ultimately, we formally recommend you follow national and local safety standards relevant to your business.

Resources

Health

What do you mean by "Daily health self-certification"?

This step is intended to decrease the likelihood of spreading the virus in your work environment by keeping sick individuals out of the workplace. The list of possible COVID-19 symptoms is extensive and will need to be reassessed periodically. The ‘Mask of Wellness’ downloadable kit contains an example of a COVID-19 self-screening form to help. This daily health self-certification has a list of primary symptoms associated with COVID-19. If an employee presents to work with related symptom(s) or develops symptom(s) while at work they should leave the workplace immediately and notify a manager. Ideally, the list of symptoms should be known by all employees and not present to work if symptoms are present and notify a manager. Leave policies should be flexible and staying home while exhibiting symptoms should come without punishment. Ideally, temperature should be taken before or at the beginning of the work day. If clinical concern is raised by a healthcare professional of COVID-19 then a manager should be notified with recommendation of notifying potential contacts. Ultimately, we formally recommend you follow national and local safety standards relevant to your business.

Resources

COVID-19

Can I spread the virus causing COVID-19 and not feel sick?

Yes! Up to 40% of the time people spread the virus without symptoms- Asymptomatic and Pre-Symptomatic. COVID-19 is often spread by infected people in close proximity to others (about six feet). You can get the virus by coming into contact with an infected person's respiratory droplets when they cough, sneeze, breath, or talk.

Can I get the virus by touching my eyes?

Yes. The virus can get into your tears which drain into your nose and respiratory tract.

Benefits

Of Joining The Community
  • The virus often spreads by people who have No symptoms-in Your workplace and potentially to your customers.
  • A Mask reduces spread by ‘asymptomatic’ and ‘pre-symptomatic’ people. We don’t want the silent threat infecting anyone in OUR families.
  • Consumers often have fear and will select businesses that are ‘Covid-Conscious’
  • It will improve the physical, emotional, social, and economic well-being of our communities- City or Rural
  • Society Decides the the course of disease- Lets all do our part.
  • The virus causing COVID likes to spread to others before symptoms, a major reason this will be long lasting unless we take COVID-Conscious action steps.
  • We All Will improve the physical and economic well-being of our communities.
  • This will be temporary
  • We must open society in a manner that promotes wellness; socially, physically, and economically.

Join

But I already follow These Requirements

Thank you!! Now influence those who look up to you by signing up and spreading the word instead of ‘spraying’ the word. We appreciate your help with advancing this endeavor that benefits the Health and Wealth of our Community.

How Long Do We Follow These Requirements?

Just until CDC provides recommendations that mask wearing is no longer needed (found at cdc.gov) or you choose to stop. When you choose to no longer follow the guidelines, remove any signage and notify us.

How Do I Join?

Businesses can register as a 'Covid-Conscious' business. Consumers can read steps they can take below.

How Else Can I Support The Mask of Wellness Community

Businesses can register as a 'Covid-Conscious' business. Consumers can read steps they can take below.

General

What if I have additional questions?

Seek guidance from the CDC, OSHA, or your regulatory agency. Also, send them to us and we may post them here so we may help others.

What if I have a underlying medical condition, should I wear a mask?

Seek guidance from your medical provider.

What if I have a medical emergency?

Call 911.

What if I have a skin condition?

Seek guidance from your medical professional.