The US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Recommended that citizens should wear non-medical, cloth masks. To help prevent the spread of the COVID-19. Before, the CDC had recommended that only those with COVID-19 symptoms wear masks. The agency now recommends that those who aren’t feeling sick should still wear a mask, though compliance is voluntary.
CDC also advises the 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 use as a more, voluntary public health measure. Cloth face coverings should not place on young children under age 2. Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious. Incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without help.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to reserved for healthcare workers. And other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
#BREAKING: @GovofCO asks Coloradans to wear non-medical cloth masks or a scarf when going out in public for essential services.
Should cover your mouth & nose. Then, throw them in a warm wash when you return home #coronavirus #ColoradoMaskProject #InThisTogether pic.twitter.com/X6JqC7vQOp
— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) April 3, 2020
These policy recommendations are happening at a time when surgical face masks and N-95 masks. Are already in critically short supply. This scarcity of protective equipment has been devastating for health care workers. Busy treating patients, and many fear that a nationwide decree to wear a mask could strain supplies even more. If you live in a community where masks recommended, or if you are caring for a loved one who’s currently sick, you should make your own mask.
It’s important to remember that cloth face covering. Like those recommended by California’s Department of Public Health. May help infected people from transmitting the virus. But there is no guarantee they can prevent a healthy person from becoming infected.
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