Instructions for the coronavirus facial mask: an American general surgeon gives a quick guide in viral video

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants you to cover your face – at least in public.

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As the epidemic of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to overwhelm U.S. healthcare workers struggling to treat the worst patients, the federal health agency urges citizens to do their part to stop the spread – this which now includes protecting your face with a certain type of covering fabric when you go out of your home security to restock essentials such as groceries or medication.

The CDC has only recently changed its recommendations “in light of new evidence” which shows that “a significant portion” of those who have the new virus are either asymptomatic – meaning they have no symptoms – or presymptomatic, which means they can spread the virus to others without first showing signs themselves.

“This means that the virus can spread between people interacting nearby – for example, talking, coughing or sneezing – even if those people do not have symptoms,” says the CDC in its updated guidelines.

Facial coverage – not to be confused with a surgical mask or, more importantly, an N95 respirator, both of which are in short supply and should be reserved for our front line medical workers – can be made from just a few items simple ones likely to be found around your home, no sewing required.

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In a 45-second video, American general surgeon Jerome Adams shows Americans how to make a face blanket using an old T-shirt and two rubber bands. Check out the video below.

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