CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
Sew and No Sew Instructions
Sewn Cloth Face Covering
Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabric
Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.
2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.
3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.
Don’t have elastic? Use hair ties or elastic head bands. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.
4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.
Quick Cut T-shirt Face Covering (no sew method)
Bandana Face Covering (no sew method)
Bandana (or square cotton cloth approximately 20”x20”)
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In preparation for the arrival of the coronavirus in our area, the Buncombe County Health Health Department is recommending having several weeks of food storage. Don’t wait until everyone is panicking and the store shelves are empty.
These are the basic items you will need. As long as there is power you won’t need to store water.
Flour or Masa
Nuts and trail mix
Cereal and breakfast bars
Medicine and Vitamins
Dried or canned fruit
Canned meat such as tuna, salmon, chicken, and turkey
Canned vegetables such as beans, carrots and peas
Canned soups and chili
Dried Beans, Rice, Pasta
Sugar, salt crisco/oil
Powdered or canned milk
DONT FORGET YOUR PETS
You will also need a supply of bleach, hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol solution. Don’t forget toilet tissue and paper towels.
The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. While there are no confirmed cases of the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Buncombe County, planning and preparedness is occurring at the national and local levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that more cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States and urges Americans to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. Don’t panic – but do prepare.
Know the Risks & Symptoms:
The risk of getting COVID-19 in the U.S. is currently low, however Buncombe County leadership recommends that the public take preemptive steps to be prepared for COVID-19 if and when it enters our community. You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms. COVID-19 is believed to spread through respiratory droplets that pass when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A mild case may look like the common cold. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, AND history of close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or recent travel history related to affected areas.
The greatest risk is for people who have recently traveled to China or been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that people who have returned from China more than 14 days ago and do not have symptoms are not infected with the virus and contact with them will not give you the virus.
Because the virus is not able to survive well on surfaces, there likely is very low risk of spread of coronaviruses from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at environmental temperatures.
If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, it’s still a good idea to get one.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
If you are sick, facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the illness to others.
N95 face masks, which are different from surgical masks and are respiratory protective devices with a very close facial fit and the ability to filter airborne particles, are not advised for the general public. These masks must be properly fitted to work, and they make breathing difficult when worn for an extended amount of time. Children should not use N95 masks.
Buncombe County leaders urge preparedness for COVID-19:
Shop for the essentials: Store a two-week supply of water and nonperishable food and be sure to remember pet food and toilet paper. Make sure to have on hand your go-to sickbed foods, like chicken or vegetable broth and crackers in case of illness, as well as hydrating drinks such as Gatorade and Pedialyte for kids.
Think about your plans for child care if schools need to close.
If COVID-19 does start circulating in your community or there’s someone sick at home, plan on cleaning surfaces that get touched frequently, such as kitchen counters and bathroom faucets, several times a day. Keep high-touch surfaces in your house clean with household cleaning spray or wipes.
Avoid crowds to minimize your risk of catching the disease. Stay home except for medical care. Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19.
Buncombe County resources that are available to you.
BCHHS Public Health Preparedness is here as a resource. If you have additional questions about preparedness planning for your business or industry, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buncombe County is committed to providing up-to-date information on both the flu and Coronavirus. Please visit buncombecounty.org/bcready for preparedness information, numbers to know during an emergency situation, and updated response information.