CDC Now Recommending Americans Wear Face Masks

April 4, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

The CDC said the recommendation applies in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Maintaining six-feet minimum social distancing remains important to slowing spread of COVID-19. CDC also advises use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The cloth face coverings recommended to slow spread of COVID-19 are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those critical supplies must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.


5 Responses to “CDC Now Recommending Americans Wear Face Masks”

  1. Nania on April 6th, 2020 10:02 pm

    The masks are not just to help try and protect you from getting the virus, they are also to protect from people who are carring it with no visible symptoms. Meaning that can help contain a cough or a Sneeze from someone who thought they only have allergies.
    Note: be smart wash your hands before you take off the mask and after you take it off, before touching everything.

  2. Rachel Denise Bradley on April 6th, 2020 12:59 pm

    According to the mask manufacturer, surgical masks are only good, up to 60mins.under dry circumstances, which means if you are not breathing. Breathing while wearing a surgical mask, the protection limit is 20-30mins, and then the protection integrity starts to be compromised.

  3. mw on April 5th, 2020 10:12 pm

    @ mat
    My thoughts exactly. A false sense of security and distancing and other preventives will not be held to.

    @ sam
    I am not sure homemade masks will work, and I agree , where do we get a “safe” mask. We all may be self infecting ourselves too, if we dont properly take off our mask and disinfect it.
    Not criticizing any one who wears one and takes care proper care in removing them and disinfecting them

    Be safe every one and God Bless.

  4. sam on April 5th, 2020 10:01 am

    they’re grabbing at straws. they want to give people the thought they are doing something to stop the virus. now they need to tell em where you can get these face coverings. good luck.

  5. mat on April 4th, 2020 5:13 pm

    Since the virus is so very tiny, wouldn’t the virus
    pass right thru the homemade cloth coverings?

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