Should I wear a face mask in public?

Starting June 18, all Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here. Face coverings can help prevent transmission of COVID-19 by catching respiratory droplets that can be expelled not just in coughs or sneezes but also through activities like talking or singing. The use of special masks called N95 respirators is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Read some Face Covering FAQs here.

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1. What is COVID-19?
2. How does COVID-19 spread?
3. How severe is COVID-19?
4. What are the symptoms?
5. When do I seek medical evaluation and advice?
6. How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
7. How is COVID-19 treated?
8. I may have been exposed to coronavirus. What do I do?
9. Should I wear a face mask in public?
10. Who should get tested?
11. What has changed about testing availability?
12. Where can I get tested?
13. Can individuals visit Placer County Public Health and test for coronavirus?
14. I do not have health insurance and do not have a doctor. If I think I have contracted COVID-19, what do I do?
15. What is a quarantine and why is it used?
16. Is quarantine different from isolation?
17. How does self-quarantine work?
18. Can people in self-quarantine still have contact with their household members?
19. What is the current situation in California and Placer County?
20. What can I do to prepare for COVID-19?
21. What is Public Health recommending to help contain the spread of COVID-19?
22. Can you tell me more about what areas to avoid?
23. What should I do if someone known to be exposed with coronavirus visits our facility?
24. Where can I get an antibody test?
25. How can I contribute to help those impacted by COVID-19?
26. How can I access food, mental health, unemployment or other resources?
27. What are antigen tests? Is it required to retest negative results with a PCR test?