CDC considering recommending Americans wear face masks in public

Grant Boone
March 31, 2020

But studies of influenza pandemics show surgical masks do protect people a bit more than no masks at all. "In fact, there's some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly", Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO health emergencies program, said Monday.

Across the USA some Americans are going out without any type of face mask in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, while others are wearing medical-grade respirators. Other health experts worry that encouraging mask-wearing would instill a sense of false security and make Americans more reckless, might inadvertently contaminate someone else who handles the mask, and could further deplete the personal protective equipment stockpiles needed for medical professionals.

"There also is the issue that we have a massive global shortage", he added.

When the country gets into a situation where there are enough masks, Fauci said, there will be very serious consideration of broadening the recommendation on face masks. The new virus is spread mainly through saliva droplets emitted during a cough, sneeze, or even talking, and having a mask to capture those drops would presumably keep sick, especially asymptomatic, coronavirus carriers from spreading the disease.

"Wearing a mask improperly can actually increase your risk of getting disease".

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The CDC is looking at data involving the cotton masks, Adams said.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) is sticking by its guidance that healthy residents do not need to wear masks.

Trump's statements came in response to a question about a new roadmap to recovery authored by former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, which suggested that citizens be urged to wear non-medical face masks when in public.

A second source told the newspaper that the guidelines being considered would recommend that individuals don do-it-yourself cloth face coverings in order to help cut down on the spread of COVID-19.

When asked about the prospect during a press conference on Monday, President Donald Trump answered, "That's certainly something we could discuss".

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