Chief Nim Kidd of the Texas Division of Emergency Management said that citizens should wear masks within their own home to stop COVID-19.
In an interview on Fox 29 in San Antonio, Texas, Chief Kidd said that while it’s still important for people to wear a face mask out in public and keep social distancing and self-isolating, people should start looking into wearing a mask at home as well.
Kidd argued that the amount of multi-generational families now living in Texas meant that we now had to be concerned about following coronavirus regulations inside the home too, including wearing masks.
“All of us are capable of catching this disease. None of us are immune from this,” Kidd said. “The fact we need to get across is, in order to protect ourselves, we need to protect our families and our loved ones. We really need to think about the care that we’re providing inside the home right now to make sure we’re not spreading this inside the home, then making it come outside the home,” he continued.
Some Texans are now being urged to wear masks even in their own homes. Chief Nim Kidd at @TDEM says due to rising case numbers, and with so many multigenerational famiies living under the same roof, to take the extra precaution to slow the spread of #COVID19TX @KABBFOX29 pic.twitter.com/z1PmP9ILOZ
— Ryan Wolf (@ryanwolf) July 9, 2020
The host asked Kidd if this meant people should effectively “start wearing masks at home now.” Kidd replied that for those who can’t socially distance or isolate, “or if you’ve been out in public and exposing yourself, and you haven’t decontaminated yourself when you get home, and you have someone that has underlying medical conditions at home, we really need to be thinking about that”:
Now if you’re the same two or three people that are living in the same house and you’re really taking care of yourself and you’re following all the rules, then you probably don’t need to wear a mask in your home. But if you’ve gone out for Memorial Day or for 4th of July, or you’ve gone out to parties… When you’ve gone out and you come back in, you can be bringing that back inside. I think it’s no secret we all like to relax when we’re at home, but if we’re not paying attention to how the virus spreads, outside or inside the home, we’re goingto. keep spreading this virus.