CDC Now Recommends Americans to Wear Face Masks


Friday, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that citizens wear “non-medical cloth masks” to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Previously, the CDC had recommended that only people with symptoms of Covid-19 wear a mask. The agency now recommends that those who don’t feel sick always wear a mask, although compliance is voluntary.In a statement posted on its website, the CDC says: “Fabric face covers made from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional voluntary public health measure . The word “additional” is key here; Shelter on site is still the most effective way to protect yourself and your community, and the agency recommends maintaining a social distance of 6 feet as the primary method of reducing exposure.

This new policy follows new research into how the virus is transmitted, and with increasing cases in the United States, there is evidence that people who do not have any symptoms can still spread the virus as they go. as they move. Public.

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This week, cities like New York and Los Angeles also recommended that all residents wear face coverings in public, whether or not they show signs of illness. Specific guidelines have been published for Los Angeles (and California as a whole) and New York.

These policy recommendations come at a time when surgical masks and N95 masks are already extremely rare. This scarcity of protective equipment has been devastating for healthcare workers busy caring for patients, and many fear that a national decree wearing a mask will weigh more heavily on supplies.

If you live in a community where masks are recommended, or if you are caring for a loved one who is currently sick, you should create your own mask. Do not buy N95 masks and absolutely do not store the supplies that healthcare professionals need.

It is important to remember that cloth face covers like the ones recommended by the California Department of Public Health can unknowingly help infected people spread the virus, but there is no guarantee that they can prevent someone from getting infected. good health to be infected.

Staying at home is always the most important

Wearing a mask is a last resort measured. A mask is do not a virus blocking solution that will allow you to return to normal social interactions. We should all stay at home as much as possible until the shelter orders are lifted on site.

If you have to go outside for supplies, stay 6 feet from other people and continue to wash your hands and disinfect your home.

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So what should you wear? According to the CDC, a well-made mask that is perfectly fixed around the ears is the best. Alternatively, any type of face covering such as a bandana or scarf is better than nothing if you to have to exit, although the CDC warns that these are not considered to be appropriate protective equipment and should only be used as a last resort. In either case, you need to make sure that your nose and mouth are well covered on all sides so that the droplets cannot escape.

Some healthcare workers have decided to wear homemade masks on their N95 masks to extend its lifespan. Some hospitals have launched calls for donations made at home, such as the Ohio university hospitals or the Deaconess hospital in Evansville, Indiana, which also set up a national database to connect needy health care facilities to those who can make masks and donate them. If you can sew, consider making and giving masks to your local hospital.

The online marketplace Etsy also asked its sellers to switch to making masks, but offered artisans a number of precautions, such as prohibiting them from reselling medical equipment and telling them not to make medical claims on them. masks sewn at home.

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