CDC Considers Recommending all Americans Wear Face Masks in Public

Headline Roundup March 31st, 2020

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could soon recommend that all Americans wear face masks in public to slow the coronavirus spread.

While even self-made masks could reduce the risk of passing on the virus to others, existing CDC advice says that healthy people do not need to mask their faces.

From the Right
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Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are considering changing their guidance and encouraging people to wear masks when they go out in public.

But The Washington Post noted there is still no agreement on whether the use of facial coverings would make a major difference in curtailing the outbreak of the coronavirus.

And some experts are concerned it could provide people with a false sense of security and make them less likely to follow social distancing guidelines.

A recommendation now being considered by the CDC calls for...

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may urge Americans to cover their faces in public to protect themselves and others amid the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post is reporting.

The recommendation, if approved, would call for Americans to use cloth coverings instead of surgical and N95 masks, which have been in short supply at hospitals and medical facilities across the country, the Post noted, adding that the coverings could potentially lower the risk of an infected person transmitting the virus.

Talks are still ongoing, an anonymous federal...

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Should we all be wearing masks? That simple question is under review by officials in the U.S. government and has sparked a grass-roots pro-mask movement. But there’s still no consensus on whether widespread use of facial coverings would make a significant difference, and some infectious disease experts worry that masks could lull people into a false sense of security and make them less disciplined about social distancing.

In recent days, more people have taken to covering their faces, although it remains a scattershot strategy driven by personal choice. The government...

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