On Friday April 3rd, the US CDC recommended that American's wear face masks in public to protect against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Here's what you need to know. Plus, our interactive survey that asks: Will you wear a mask?
What you need to know about the CDC's recommendation to wear masks
Based on data that shows that a significant portion of COVID-19 infected people do not show symptoms ("asymptomatic"), the CDC has recognized that spread may happen when people are in close proximity and it's difficult to maintain social distancing 100% of the time.
According to the CDC, "In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission."
Will YOU wear a face mask in public?
Here's how to make your own face masks.
The NYTimes has put together an 8-step guide to making your own face mask, which includes the need for sewing materials. However, experts have also suggested that scarves and bandanas can be a good alternative.
According to Dr. Shan Soe-Lin, PhD, “If you have a choice between a scarf and a bandana you should use a scarf,” she says. The thicker the better. If you use a bandana, you should double up, according to her.
Finally, the consensus is clear on this: N95 masks and surgical masks should absolutely be reserved for front-line health care workers.
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