Kids' masks are an important part of slowing the spread of coronavirus. Wearing a mask in public settings, especially if your kid is going to school in person or daycare, can make a huge difference in keeping them and others safe.
It's no secret that wearing a mask in the heat of summer can be uncomfortable.
Blistering heat can discourage some people from wearing masks, but it's important to continue wearing them. They are still one of the best ways to prevent coronavirus infection, especially when you are unable to maintain social distance.
Many people hope that coronavirus immunity can bring them back to "normal life" and that those who recovered from coronavirus do not need to be concerned about being infected or infecting others.
Unfortunately, there are too many unknowns about immunity to novel coronavirus to be sure.
Learn what we currently know about coronavirus immunity, how coronavirus herd immunity could work and what antibody testing can tell you.
Getting a Test
As the state of Maryland's capacity for conducting coronavirus testing expands, people with coronavirus symptoms and, in some cases, those without can be tested for active COVID-19 disease.
University of Maryland Medical System currently reserves outpatient testing for those who have symptoms because it is the most effective way to use the tests available.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that everyone wear a homemade mask when in public during the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC recommends using a cloth mask that be created from cheap materials or household items, such as a T-shirt.
Medical-grade masks, such as surgical or N-95 masks, need to be reserved for those that need them most and should only be worn by healthcare workers or first responders.