We’re writing with a quick reminder about wearing a face mask when you leave your on-campus residence. Both the CDC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are currently recommending that people wear masks in public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, in addition to following other social distancing measures like maintaining at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
Cloth face masks are recommended and can be fashioned from scarves, bandanas, t-shirts, and other household items. Dust masks may also be used. Healthcare worker masks, such as N95 masks, are currently being reserved for healthcare workers, but there is evidence that covering your face with cloth and maintaining at least 6 feet between yourself and others can help slow the spread of COVID-19. We’re asking that students currently on campus wear masks whenever they leave their private residences, and especially when they travel to places where it may be difficult to maintain social distancing. This includes wearing masks when you access our Dining centers, where Tufts Dining employees are putting their own health at risk in order to serve other members of the Tufts community.
If you don’t yet have a mask, we encourage you to review the following resources for making one:
Make sure your mask:
- fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- is secured with ties or ear loops
- includes multiple layers of fabric
- allows for breathing without restriction
- can be able to be laundered and machine dried daily, or after each use, without damage or change to shape
Thank you for your attention to this matter, and for helping us safeguard the health of the entire Tufts community, as well as the health of our neighbors in Medford and Somerville.
Marie Ellen Caggiano
Medical Director, Health Service
Dean of Student Affairs ad interim, AS&E
Director of Student Affairs, The Fletcher School