Memphis officials recommend use of masks or facial coverings

Memphis officials recommend use of masks or facial coverings
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Officials with the City of Memphis are advising individuals to wear masks or facial coverings during the COVID-19 outbreak. There are nearly 400 cases of the virus confirmed in Shelby County -- more than any other county in Tennessee.

The city says surgical masks are proven to serve two functions: not transmitting the infection to others and not becoming infected with the virus.

Officials recommend masks be used in public by:

  • individuals who are ill
  • caregivers of individuals with respiratory illnesses
  • elderly
  • individuals who have multiple medical problems or weak immune systems
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The city says due to the widespread of COVID-19 the general public may consider wearing masks or facial coverings as well.

Masks serve as an additional precaution along with handwashing and social distancing.

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