FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Masks are mandated in the state of Indiana by Governor Eric Holcomb's executive order as of Monday.
And while more people are wearing them since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Michael Bess of United Healthcare reminds people to wear the face coverings correctly, so their purpose won’t be defeated.
“What is recommended is cloth covering that is close to your cheeks that covers the bridge of your nose above your nostrils and then down underneath your chin,” said Bess.
Bess suggests those with beards or eyeglasses make the necessary adjustments for comfort without compromising their health because they, too, need to stay protected.
“The main thing is making sure it’s comfortable so that you’ll wear it and then thinking about it as an every day piece of your clothing,” said Bess.
Bess suggests tucking the mask under your face if you wear eyeglasses to prevent fogging the frames or ensuring the material is cloth if you have a beard so you can adjust it appropriately.
He says the COVID-19 virus can be transferred by respiratory droplets, and if you're unaware that you have the virus, wearing a mask is crucial for protecting the next person.
"There are asymptomatic people who really have relatively minor symptoms and pre-symptomatic people who are ill but really don’t have symptoms as of yet. And they are at risk of spreading the disease but not even knowing it,” said Bess.
Face coverings will be mandatory until Aug. 26, though the executive order states the date may be modified by Governor Holcomb depending on Indiana’s COVID-19 data.