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PORTLAND, Oregon – President Donald Trump said at his press conference on Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would now recommend that Americans wear cloth masks or other face covers as a preventive measure in public to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Trump called the recommendation voluntary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not recommend that people wear N95 masks or surgical masks as these masks are rare and should be left to hospital staff and first responders. But they do encourage people to cover their faces – especially their noses and mouths – with homemade, cloth face covers.

Here’s what you need to know about wearing a mask in public:

How can wearing a mask help stop the spread of COVID-19?

The change of thinking around the masks came as research has shown that up to 25% of people with COVID-19 are either asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms. These people can spread the virus without knowing they are infected.

By wearing a homemade mask, you can limit your chances of unintentionally spreading the virus by ensuring that the droplets that carry the virus cannot escape and potentially infect others. Homemade masks, especially those made of thicker materials, can also provide some protection for healthy people by preventing droplets from entering the nose and mouth and by reminding people not to touch their faces.

Chunhuei Chi, a professor in the global health program at Oregon State University, told The Oregonian / OregonLive earlier this week that anyone visiting a grocery store, using public transportation or working or visiting a public residence in close contact with d other people should wear a mask.

Do I always have to respect social distancing measures if I wear a mask?

Yes. Masks are not effective alone.

Officials still urge people to follow social distancing guidelines and wash their hands frequently, while recommending that people wear masks in public.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a home stay order on March 23 ordering people to stay at home except when traveling for essentials, buying food and similar essentials or go home. This ordinance remains in force.

On Friday, 899 cases of new coronavirus were reported in Oregon and 22 deaths from the virus. But there is also strong evidence that social distancing measures and restrictions help flatten the curve.

What should I know if I have chosen to wear a mask?

Anyone who wears a homemade mask in public should make sure the mask covers both the nose and the mouth and be careful when fitting. If your mask has straps that go over the ears, you should put it on and remove it by removing those straps. You should avoid touching the mask regularly or going under the mask. Contaminated or damaged masks are not effective.

Using fabrics and sewing supplies to create your own fabric mask at home might be the best option for people who want to cover their faces in public. The models are available online. Bandanas, scarves or other types of cloth masks, such as ski masks or hoods, can also be used as a face cover, when creating your own mask is not an option.

If you are making a homemade mask, you should always use thicker materials, as long as you can still breathe through the mask. While a bandana can offer some protection if that’s all you have, you should bend it two or three times before wrapping it around your mouth and nose to provide more protection.

What should I do if I already have N95 masks or surgical masks in my house?

If you have a supply of N95 masks or surgical masks sitting around, or any other type of personal protective equipment, you should consider donating them.

Oregon’s need for N95 masks, coats, face shields and gloves has become so dire that nurses at many hospitals say they have less than a week of equipment left to protect them from the coronavirus. The Oregonian / OregonLive has compiled a list of places where the public can donate protective gear.

In Oregon and across the country, artisans are also stepping up their efforts to fill the void by producing homemade masks. Thousands of Oregonians have joined the Facebook group “Crafters Against Covid-19 * PDX *” to help alleviate the shortage of supplies.

Where can I buy masks and face covers?

Sporting goods Kohl, Amazon, Target and Dick all contain items that could be used as homemade masks, including bandanas, scarves, ski masks or hoods. The Oregonian / OregonLive has developed a list of places to purchase face covers.

We have also set up a video explaining how to make masks at home:

– Jamie Goldberg | [email protected] | @jamiebgoldberg

This article was originally published by The Oregonian / OregonLive, one of more than a dozen news organizations across the state, sharing their coverage of the new coronavirus epidemic to help educate Oregonians about this issue. of evolving health.

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