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Multi-layer Cloth Masks Recommended to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

  • Recent studies demonstrate that a cloth mask can reduce wearers’ exposure to infectious droplets through filtration and mask mandates have an association with a healthier economy.
  • Multi-layers masks made with higher thread counts were shown to limit the forward spread of droplets and block up to 50-70% of fine droplets and particles. Some materials such as polypropylene and silk may enhance effectiveness.
  • Learn more about cloth mask use and how to protect yourself and your family.

Focus on Influenza

SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Households

National Diabetes Awareness Month

  • If you smoke, you are 30-40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone who doesn’t smoke, and if you have diabetes smoking can lead to increased health complications.
  • Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health especially if you have diabetes.  The sooner you quit the better your overall health.
  • Learn more about strategies to help aid in smoking cessation and support resources available across Montana.

Blood Pressure Awareness and Monitoring

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure), kills approximately 1,300 Americans per day and is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
  • Hypertension is known as the “silent killer” because most of the time hypertension has no symptoms; many Montanans unknowingly have hypertension and might need prescribed medication.
  • Keep your blood pressure controlled. Know and monitor your blood pressure numbers, and take key steps to protect your health.

October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month

  • Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) usually results from an electrical disturbance in the heart and is a medical emergency.
  • Communities can come together and improve survival rates from SCA with help from the Cardiac Ready Communities Program at DPHHS.
  • Individuals need to know what to do in a SCA. Learn CPR and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

Disability and Diabetes