Mayo Clinic infectious disease expert discusses proper masking

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – When it comes to masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, many options are available.

One Mayo Clinic Health System infectious disease specialist says wearing a mask serves two purposes.

They add a layer of protection to the person wearing the mask and help prevent onward transmission to others.

If you are using a surgical or procedural mask, it should be replaced daily or at any sign the mask can’t be used anymore.

“As long as these masks aren’t visibly soiled and you’ve only worn them once, it’s perfectly reasonable to wear again depending on what kind of tasks you’re doing,” infectious disease specialist Dr. John O’ Horo.

Along with masking, Mayo Clinic health experts advise everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and boosted.