People may choose to wear a mask at any time. Masks are recommended in indoor public transportation settings and for those who are at high risk of getting sick. Talk with a healthcare provider about additional prevention actions.
COVID-19 Community Levels help individuals and communities decide which prevention actions, like masking, to take based on local data. For the current Community Level in Fort Bend County please visit the Fort Bend County COVID-19 Dashboard.
Masking According to Community Level:
Medium & High Community Level
If you are at high risk of getting very sick wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) when indoors or in public. Also wear a high-quality mask when indoors with someone who is at high risk for getting very sick.
High Community Level
Wear a high-quality mask or respirator if you are at high risk of getting very sick. Consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed.
Mask Types and Effectiveness:
N95’s should be prioritized for healthcare settings. When worn correctly, respirators offer the highest level of protection and filter 95% of particles.
Filtration varies depending on standard. When worn correctly, KN95s provide more protection than disposable masks.
Sometimes referred to as “surgical masks” or “medical procedure masks.” Disposable masks offer more protection than cloth masks.
Non-medical, made of fabric. Layered finely woven cloth masks offer more protection. Loosely woven cloth masks provide the least protection.
For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html