CDC Recommends Cloth Masks in Public Settings
April 6, 2020 – In light of new evidence showing that some individuals who have been infected with the novel Coronavirus may not exhibit symptoms, but may still be able to infect other people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) – especially in areas with significant community-based transmission. Cloth face coverings may help to prevent people who have the virus but who do not know it from transmitting it to others.
The recommended cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators – which are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. Learn more about the steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones with cloth face coverings at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html