Face Mask Recommendations

During the COVID-19 pandemic, AOA-Paradise Valley OBGYN is working hard to adapt the latest health recommendations to keep our patients and our providers safe. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that non-medical personnel wear cloth face masks in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. It is important to note that 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. In response to the CDC recommendations regarding face masks, some of our practices are asking patients coming into offices to wear a face mask. If you are going to an in-office visit, please contact your physician's office first to see if you need a mask.

When worn alone, the fabric masks will reduce the chance of inhaling droplets that may contain COVID-19. The primary benefit of wearing a cloth mask is to reduce the chance that the user shares germs with others. The primary benefit of covering your nose and mouth is that you protect others. According to the CDC, people primarily contract COVID-19 through coughs, sneezes and other respiratory droplets. That's why wearing a mask even if you don't feel sick can be a good idea.

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. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

If you are going to use a cloth mask, there is a right way to do it so that you are protecting yourself. The denser the fabric weave and the tighter the mask is to the face, the better the protection.

We would like to remind our patients, that AOA-Paradise Valley OBGYN is offering telemedicine visits, where no face mask is required. If you have any questions regarding wearing face masks to your in-office appointment, please call your doctor's office.