CDC recommends everyone wear face masks in public

Henrietta Strickland
April 6, 2020

The debate surrounding large-scale community facemask recommendations has been heating up in recent days and for many, there was a need to feel as if we were doing something.

Medero volunteers with Mask Project Tampa Bay, a group making masks for healthcare workers. In some instances, this uncertainty has resulted in disturbing incidents.

Shortly after, first lady Melania Trump tweeted that citizens should take mask-wearing seriously.

President Donald Trump stated on Friday that the Center for Disease Control recommended to wear the non-medical cloth masks. Save those for the health care providers.

Some Chinese experts have even suggested that the U.S. and Europe are struggling to cope with the outbreak because they are culturally averse to wearing face masks in public, as opposed to many parts of East Asia where they are the norm.

He has since walked back the comments.

In the United Kingdom alone, nearly 5,000 are dead, and over 47,000 positive cases.

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The CDC's recommendation inpart states the following.

Cloth masks (including homemade masks) are recommended for use by the public; surgical masks and N95 masks are reserved for use by healthcare workers; the wearing of masks is highly recommended in areas of high foot traffic (eg supermarkets, pharmacies, hardware stores, banks).

& # 39; Many people have asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic infections. He added that incorrect use of face masks may actually encourage the spread of the virus.

Some cities have gone a step further and made wearing masks a requirement.

But experts have always maintained that, although the masks can not protect someone from & # 39; s disease, they stop the carrier from infecting others.

If the CDC does advise Americans to use masks, it can develop a 2nd concern: Hospitals now encounter lacks of masks as well as various other PPE.

Presymptomatic transmission occurs when an infected individual is not yet showing symptoms of the COVID-19 and continues their daily routine. The figure has since passed 300,000 with more than 8,000 deaths.

To sew your own mask, Medero says print out a template online, then cut out four pieces of fabric. Wearing home-made masks and giving 50 per cent protection is still better than no masks.

In a media briefing, the World Health Organization emergencies programme executive director Dr Mike Ryan had said there was "no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit".

Long before COVID-19 appeared in Asia, the wearing of a face mask has been accepted and practiced.

However, wearing a face cloth in public can only do so much.

Face masks have also become fashionable, with vividly coloured and decorated options across the continent.

The face mask has also been associated with the SARS outbreak in 2003 in the minds of some.

Research published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 found that homemade cloth masks "significantly" reduced the amount of potentially infectious droplets expelled by the wearer. These coverings don't fit the face tightly, so aerosolized virus and larger droplets can be sucked in through the gaps between the face and the mask when we take a breath.

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