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Does prolonged wearing of a facemask cause harm?

Question:  I have heard about concerns that wearing a mask for a prolonged period of time can cause you to retain or breathe in more carbon dioxide (CO2) or get less oxygen and this can make you sick.  I even heard about people who had car accidents they felt were due to this issue.  Does mask wearing for a prolonged time cause this?

Can COVID-19 be spread by persons who are asymptomatic?

Yes. Certainly, people at greatest risk for spreading COVID-19 are symptomatic people. We need to remember that before symptoms begin, during a period when infected people are “presymptomatic,” they can shed significant amounts of SARS-CoV-2 virus and infect others.

What do I do if a patient refuses to wear their mask?

If you see someone not wearing a mask, remind him or her that masking is in place for everyone's protection. If they still refuse to wear a mask, reiterate that our current COVID-19 guidelines state that in order to enter and stay in the building, one must wear a mask. If you need additional support, please see guidelines.

Introducing You Asked, We Answered

Our commitment to you during this time has been consistent communication. This is the first in a new series intended to get you the answers you're asking for in town halls, in emails and other channels. You keep asking -- we'll keep answering!