CDC Recommends Public Wear Face Masks

  • CDC Recommends Public Wear Face Masks

CDC Recommends Public Wear Face Masks

Initial draft guidance from USA health authority the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) envisioned the new recommendations would apply to all Americans - not just those in hot-spot areas.

"From recent studies we know that the transmission from individuals without symptoms is playing a more significant role in the spread of the virus than previously understood", Mr Trump said on Friday.

This means that the virus can spread between people who look, seem and even feel healthy when they interact in close proximity-for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing-even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

"The CDC is recommending that Americans wear a basic cloth or fabric mask that can be either purchased online or simply made at home with probably material that you've made at home", Trump said.

The CDC recommendations, a list that ranges from social distancing to hand-washing, help flatten the curve, according to members of the White House task force on coronavirus. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday, April 2, "We're advising New Yorkers to wear a face covering when you go outside and will be near other people". Nor should the public wear surgical masks, which are also needed by healthcare workers, the CDC said. "But we want to emphasize that the CDC is not recommending the use of medical grade or surgical grade masks and we want that to be used for our great medical people that are working so hard".

The recommendation comes at a time when the globe is experiencing massive shortage in essential supplies for fighting the disease, amidst frustrating number of deaths.

The new guidance came in response to accumulating evidence that people can spread the coronavirus without showing symptoms of COVID-19.

President Donald Trump has said he won't wear a mask. He says this is because many people touch their face, phone or credit cards while wearing protective gear without ever realizing it.

7News checked the Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart websites on Friday, and all of them were sold out for face masks, but there were some face masks available on Amazon.

While the cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, they do serve a goal.

"I just don't want to wear one myself", Trump told reporters, adding, "I don't see it for myself. I just don't. Maybe I'll change my mind".

If you do end up using a cloth mask, make sure to wash it after every single use.

The Medical College of Wisconsin released some guidelines for wearing cloth masks, some of which include washing your hands before and after putting the mask on, not touching the mask while wearing it, and staying at least six feet away from others.