Face Masks: They may not have been approved for medical use, but the CDC says using these mask alternatives could still help prevent the spread of the coronavirus
As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country, government officials are now encouraging people to keep their faces covered at all times when they’re outside — even if they don’t have access to a face mask.
While hospitals continue to deal with a shortage of face masks, the CDC says many cloth face coverings could still be effective in helping 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.”
The CDC says cloth coverings are most effective when they follow these five guidelines:
- * Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- * Be secured with ties or ear loops
- * Include multiple layers of fabric
- * Allow for breathing without restriction
- * Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Keep in mind these face coverings are not surgical masks or the particulate-filtering N-95 respirators (you can find those here). Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and first responders, as recommended by current government mandates.
These masks are also not intended to replace other recommended measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. In other words, continue washing your hands, keeping your distance from others, and (refraining from touching your face).
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