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DPH COVID-19 Update 7/15/2020

How do the different types of masks work?

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • News & Updates

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update July 15, 2020


How do the different types of masks work?

Surgical masks (aka medical mask)
A Surgical mask is a loose-fitting disposable mask that protects the wearer's nose and mouth from contact with droplets, splashes and sprays that may contain germs. A surgical mask also filters out large particles in the air.

N95 masks
Actually a type of respirator, an N95 mask offers more protection than a surgical mask does because it can filter out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales. As the name indicates, the mask is designed to block 95% of very small particles. Some N95 masks have valves that make them easier to breathe through. With this type of mask, unfiltered air is released when the wearer exhales, therefore such values are not recommended.

Cloth masks
A cloth mask is intended to trap droplets that are released when the wearer talks, coughs or sneezes. Asking everyone to wear cloth masks can help reduce the spread of the virus by people who have COVID-19 but don't realize it. (Asymptomatic) Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus when they are widely used by people in public settings.

While surgical and N95 masks may be in short supply and should be reserved for health care providers, cloth face coverings and masks are easy to find or make, and can be washed and reused. Masks can be made from common materials, such as sheets made of tightly woven cotton. Instructions are easy and can be found here.

Coping with Race-related Stress and Trauma

Community Psychological Service at UMSL is happy to announce the beginning of a new therapy program, “Coping with Race-related Stress and Trauma.” Clinical psychologist alumni and doctoral students of Dr. Matthew Taylor’s Minority Mental Health Team at UMSL will be overseeing and conducting all treatment.

The program will consist of weekly group tele-health meetings, which can be accessed either online or by telephone. Individual therapy sessions will also be available for those with greater needs. Both group and individual therapy will be free, but space is limited.

Services will begin July 23rd and for those interested, please call 314-516-5771 and mention the race-related stress service. (See attached flyer)

Pop-Up Testing

Testing for COVID-19 at Bellefontaine Rec Center beings today. Appointments are required and can be made online here. Additional pop-up testing locations and date are listed below.

First one TODAY July 15th (Every Wed and Fri.)
Bellefontaine Rec Center
9669 Bellefontaine Rd. Saint Louis, MO 63137

August 1 & 2: 8am - 12pm
Northside Seventh-day Adventist Church
9001 Lucas & Hunt Road St. Louis, MO 63136

Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411. St. Louis County COVID-19 website stlcorona.com.