Healthcare professionals urge locals to follow guidelines to stop spread of coronavirus

Posted at 6:19 PM, Jul 17, 2020

Local healthcare professionals want to remind the public that wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands are the best ways to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Doctors and nurses say proper mask-wearing means completely covering the mouth and nose.

This helps block a potentially infected person's breath from spreading the virus to another person.

"We definitely understand that everyone is growing tired of the pandemic but we need everyone to also understand that it's not going away anytime soon," said Candice Monge, Chief Nursing Officer at Marian Regional Medical Center.

"The state government and our local public health departments have made it clear that businesses will not be allowed to reopen and our children will not be allowed to go back to school until we get the spread of the virus under control," said Dr. Scott Robertson, Chief Medical Officer for Dignity Health Central Coast.

Health experts say people can be infected for 48 hours before showing symptoms, so wearing a mask can limit the transfer of the virus before someone even knows they are possibly sick.