Rumor vs. Real
Debunking the myths around COVID-19 with real facts.
We wear a mask because:
SC Department of Education Superintendent
Dr. Kerry Sease
President, SC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Mayor of Charleston
Miss South Carolina
Miss Sparkle City Teen
Owner of the Greenville Drive
I wear a mask to protect my family while I donate platelets to help others in need.
I wear a mask for you!
I wear a mask because I want to protect others and my family. I want to slow the spread.
I wear a mask to promote health and safety for myself and you!
Mt. Pleasant, SC
I wear a mask to protect my mom and others who may be particularly vulnerable to ill effects from COVID-19. I also wear a mask so we can beat this thing and get on with our lives!
Proud to be an educated health care worker taking care of those who need it. Please do your part to help slow the spread of this new virus we are still learning about.
I wear a mask because:
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More ways to stay safe
This is a new disease, but there is growing medical evidence that wearing face masks along with handwashing, social distancing, testing and isolation can successfully limit the spread of the virus.
What we know
COVID-19 primarily spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets from infected persons when they cough, sneeze or even speak.
Respiratory droplets can travel as many as 6 feet or more depending on air currents.
Many people may get the virus but not have any symptoms. Even when symptoms do occur, it can take up to 14 days for them to appear.
This means that anyone can spread the virus without knowing it, which is unsafe, particularly for older adults and people with other health issues. Wearing a face mask in public helps protect the health of your community — including the health of your own family members and friends as it may keep you from unknowingly and unintentionally spreading the virus to others. Of course, face coverings should not be placed on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without help.
Wearing a face mask is also not a replacement for social distancing or other preventive measures. You should continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands and stay home if you are ill.
Every day we see reports of COVID-19’s impact on the people of South Carolina. We have watched these numbers closely, and we are concerned about the health and safety of our citizens. All of us can help.
As leaders of the health community here in South Carolina, the South Carolina Medical Association, the South Carolina Hospital Association and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina all strongly encourage you to do your part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face mask in public.