There’s been a variety of advice from the federal level on whether or not it is good to wear a mask over your face to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Minnesota Department of Health Director Jan Malcom says their advice hasn’t changed.

“When you wear a mask it doesn’t prevent you from contracting COVID-19,” said Malcom. “But if you are ill or asymptomatic it will prevent you from spreading the virus.”

Malcom is asking regular folks to not use medical grade or surgical masks if they choose to wear one

“These supplies are in high need and are meant to protect medical workers,” said Malcom.

Malcom says wearing a mask is not a substitute for social distancing.