It is now advisable to use homemade face masks and covers, from hand-woven fabrics to elastic bands and bands, in public places. This is how they can and cannot help you prevent coronavirus.
Are you still at risk of getting the coronavirus if you wear a face mask at home in public places? How far can a cloth cap protect you and what is the correct way to wear it? What is the precise government recommendation to wear non-medical masks in public places, and why are N95 masks generally better? You have understandable questions. We have answers
Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an updated set of guidelines for wearing face hats in public places, including homemade fabric hats. The revised statement comes with emerging cases in the United States and the increase in new data on the transmission of COVID-19.
If you are looking for more information on how to make your own mask at home or where you can buy one, we also have resources for you. This story is updated frequently as new information emerges and social responses continue to evolve.
Why do we urge domestic and non-medical face masks now?
For months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended medical-grade face masks for people who allegedly have or have confirmed that they have COVID-19, as well as health care workers. But elevation cases in the United States, especially in hot spots like New York and New Jersey now, have shown that the current procedures were not strong enough to smooth the curve.
There’s also new evidence that wearing a homemade mask in crowded places like the grocery store might be beneficial, rather than not covering your face. Social exclusion and hand washing are even more important (below).
On Friday, the American Lung Association Medical President Dr. Albert Rizzo said in an email statement:
Homemade masks can help protect others from you
According to the American Lung Association, one in four people with COVID-19 may have mild symptoms or not appear at all.