California Governor says you should wear mask “in between bites” when eating

In a recent tweet from the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom told residents to not “forget to keep your mask on in between bites” while out at restaurants.


Newsom’s post seemingly contradicts the instructions by the CDC and the WHO on how to slow the spread of COVID-19 by the use of a mask. The CDC writes “Don’t touch the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect​”.

In Gavin Newsom’s post, he did not make mention that when taking on and off a mask to disinfect in between uses.

The CDC also says when removing a mask “Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.”

The WHO’s website similarly says to “not use a mask that has previously been worn” and to “not touch the front of the mask while using it to avoid contamination; if you accidentally touch it, clean your hands.”

The WHO also says that before taking off a mask, you’ll need to “clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water” and to “Clean your hands after touching the mask.”

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