The CDC is now recommending a cloth face covering in public settings as coronavirus spreads through the US.
This is recommended for places where social distancing is hard to maintain, such as grocery stores or pharmacies.
It is also advised to wear a cloth face mask to slow the spread of the COVID-19 since a significant portion of those with COVID-19 do not show symptoms or develop symptoms. These individuals can still transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
Cloth face coverings can be crafted from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost. The masks can be used as a voluntary public health measure.
The CDC does not recommend these face coverings to be placed on a child under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Surgical masks or N-95 respirators are not recommended. The supplies are critical and must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, according to the CDC.
The CDC also recommends the face mask to be routinely washed, depending on the frequency of use. This can be cleaned by a washing machine.
When taking off the face cover, individuals should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth and wash hands immediately after removing.
For more information visit, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.