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Monitoring and Evaluation Action Guide: Wearing Masks as a COVID-19 Community Mitigation Strategy

This action guide is developed to help evaluators, program implementers, and policy makers monitor and evaluate wearing masks as a community mitigation strategy. This is not meant for healthcare settings. This guide provides practical considerations and examples of evaluation questions, indicators, and data sources.Governments, organizations, and individuals support and promote community mitigation across settings and…

This action guide is developed to help evaluators, program implementers, and policy makers monitor and evaluate wearing masks as a community mitigation strategy. This is not meant for healthcare settings. This guide provides practical considerations and examples of evaluation questions, indicators, and data sources.

Governments, organizations, and individuals support and promote community mitigation across settings and sectors with special attention to disproportionately affected populations

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Strategy

Implement wearing masks as a community mitigation strategy that prevents spread of COVID-19, and maintain healthy environments and operations

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Strengthen, focus, or relax mitigation strategies based on local context

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Outcomes

Reduce exposure among individuals

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Reduce transmission

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Reduce burden to the health care system

Impact

Minimize COVID-19 morbidity & associated mortality

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Thrive socially, emotionally, and economically

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Critical considerations:

  • Assure individual and community ability to adopt and sustain wearing masks
  • Mitigate adverse effects and impacts on health disparities and social determinants of health
  • Foster mental and emotional health and resilience
  • Minimize negative physical, mental, and emotional challenges related to wearing masks

Wearing masks can help communities slow the spread of COVID-19 when worn consistently and correctly by a majority of people in public settings and when masks are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting.

Please see CDC’s Considerations for Wearing Masks for information about how wearing masks can help reduce spread of COVID-19, for whom wearing a mask is or is not recommended, and considerations regarding implementation of mask-wearing as a COVID-19 community mitigation strategy.

Monitoring and evaluation enable stakeholders to examine their unique circumstances and make proactive decisions about what is best for their needs and context.

To evaluate mask wearing as a community mitigation strategy, consider performing the following activities:

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