from the Center for Disease Control

The CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, 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.*

The following people should not wear a face mask, according to the CDC:

  • Children under age 2.
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing.
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or can’t remove a face mask without help.

All others should wear a face mask in public settings.

*Although we are making every effort to create a safe environment at the Market, we still consider it to be a public setting and social distancing depends on individual customers. Therefore, we believe that all who attend the Market should wear a face mask both to protect themselves, and to protect others. If you forget to bring one, stop by the BRFM Information booth. It’s the second one from the entrance.