CDC Will Recommend Wearing A Cloth Mask Whenever You Leave Home

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Don’t leave home without it: A face mask is the new must-have when you go out.


In a departure from previous advice, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) will recommend that all Americans should wear face coverings when they go to the grocery store, pharmacy and other public places. This new guidance is meant to complement the existing Coronavirus Guidelines for America that are in place through April 30.

In a news briefing today, President Trump said his administration will soon release nationwide recommendations on wearing face masks. Previously, the CDC advised that only symptomatic people need to wear masks, partly to leave N95 and other medical-grade masks for health care workers who need them.

President Trump said wearing face masks would be a recommendation, not a mandate. “Some people don’t want to do that” and that people can “decide for themselves,” he said.

As of 7 p.m. today, the CDC’s “How to Protect Yourself” page still reads: “If you are not sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.”

In recent days, there have been signs that changes may be afoot. Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, said earlier this week in a radio interview with NPR that his agency was rethinking its guidelines on wearing masks based on new data that shows high rates of transmission from people who are asymptomatic but tested positive.

Prior to the revised guidance, some officials, including the mayors of Los Angeles and New York City, had already issued recommendations for their residents to wear face masks when leaving home.

Don’t know where to get a mask? There are numerous DIY tutorials on YouTube on how to make your own face mask. If you’d rather purchase a ready-made mask, a recent search for “cloth face mask” on Etsy turned up over 2,800 items for sale.


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