According to public health experts, wearing a face mask is among the most important things we can do to help stop the spread of coronavirus. In fact, a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in mid-July found that wearing face masks has significantly decreased the likelihood of spreading the virus. Combined with everyday preventative actions and staying 6 feet apart in public settings, wearing a face mask in public helps prevent the spread of coronavirus—but only if worn the right way, covering both your nose and mouth. Check out these mask-wearing tips from the CDC on how to get the best protection for yourself and your community.
Evidence shows the Black community and other communities of color are more likely to get sick from the coronavirus because of systemic healthcare, economic, and social inequalities–like limited access to healthcare, crowded living situations, underlying health conditions, and being more likely to work in essential jobs. Since wearing a face mask is so important in preventing the spread of coronavirus, especially in these affected communities, no one should have to worry about being discriminated against while wearing one.
You Will See Me is a platform that brings the messages of public safety and social justice together so we can all do our part to make it safe for everyone to wear a face mask. Together, we can take a stand against both the coronavirus and racial bias by choosing to see every person wearing a face mask for who they are—a mother, a father, a son, a daughter, a friend—as well as for the kindness they’re showing all of us by covering their face.