Do Valve Masks Keep Others Safe?



To protect the health and safety of our patients and team members, Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat and Coastal Surgery Center will no longer allow valve masks to be worn in any of our locations.

A valve mask has a small plastic valve attached to the fabric on the outside. Unfortunately, the filter function only works in one direction. Valve masks release large respiratory droplets into the air. Therefore, they do not protect others around you. This can potentially spread viral particles, like COVID-19, to others. This valve mask defeats the objective of the CDC’s universal masking policies – to prevent the spread from infected individuals (with or without symptoms) to people around them.

We understand that valve masks are a little bit more comfortable, but during this pandemic, a cloth mask or surgical mask will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We must protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. Please continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

We appreciate your continued commitment, understanding and patience.
Thank you!