The Centers for Disease Control guidelines highlight the efficacy of wearing masks in slowing the community transmission of COVID-19, in conjunction with other prevention measures that have been following, such as avoiding large crowds, staying 6 feet apart from anyone outside your household, practicing frequent handwashing and getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  These measures are proven to reduce the risk of community transmission.  Given that COVID-19 cases have risen in New Hampshire the last month, hospitals and health systems will continue to encourage their patients and communities to wear masks when outside their home.  It’s one of the most effective tools we have in the fight against COVID-19, and we all want to get back to doing the things we love.