ATLANTA, Ga., April 3, 2020—The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending people use cloth face covers.
This voluntary measure is another public health method to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the CDC, recent studies show a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms and can transmit the virus to others before showing signs of illness.
This means the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, while speaking, coughing or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.
Because of this, the CDC recommends wearing face covers to slow the spread of COVID-19 in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in grocery stores and pharmacies.
Cloth face covers, different from surgical masks or N-95 respirators, can be fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials without costing very much.
Dr. Jerome Adams, U.S. Surgeon General, demonstrates how to make a covering suggested by the CDC.