The federal government now recommends the use of masks when in public places on ‘essential’ trips, and with that comes a movement from the running community in order to share the message. Across the country, from the Boston Marathon to our backyard here in Boulder, runner statues are now rocking low-tech face masks.

As a symbol of the time, these masks represent the need to be safe and do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, even while exercising at a safe distance from others. The recommendations to wear masks are as much for individuals who are COVID-19 positive to lower the risk of infecting others, as a large amount of people are asymptomatic and never realize they have it, as they are to prevent the person wearing the mask from getting infected.

To learn more about the use of masks to help “slow the spread” and how to make your own mask, here is the CDC info guide:

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19