The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending the use of cloth masks in public places in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The recommendation comes after New York saw record numbers with regard to new cases and deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic.
New studies continue to develop that inform the experts about the virus that leads to a respiratory disease that resembles a severe case of pneumonia in some instances. More recent research suggests that individuals can have coronavirus without showing any symptoms of the virus. It was previously reported that dry cough and fever were two major signs of the illness.
It is because of the potential that coronavirus has to be present without any symptoms that the CDC recommends all individuals to wear face masks in public. “The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators,” the CDC website states. “Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.”
The general public should look into the possibility of creating their own facial coverings from cloth. Scarves and bandannas are especially recommended as they can better protect the face and nose from exposure to the virus.
“It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus,” the CDC reminds. Such is especially the case in “areas of significant community-based transmission.”
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