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CDC Recommending the Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Public Settings

Post Date:04/07/2020 3:00 PM
We wanted to share some of new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The CDC is now recommending 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. The 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 be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

More information about cloth face coverings and some tutorials on how to make your own, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html?fbclid=IwAR3ONyIew1C7RAzAvEKFYgdM8x-ncTwORcobo9mnZtXO7FuIGOZxBC_ppZc
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