CDC considering recommending Americans wear face masks in public

CDC considering recommending Americans wear face masks in public

CDC considering recommending Americans wear face masks in public

A key factor will be waiting until there are sufficient masks for health professionals.

Currently, the CDC says that those who are not sick and not caring for someone who is sick don't need to wear a mask.

World Health Organization also wants to maximise the availability of face masks to medical staff due to the shortage so that people do not stock buy on masks if they do not need them.

One caveat, he said: Research shows that people who use masks may touch their faces more, which is a potential route of transmission of the virus.

People wearing masks walk past Elmhurst Hospital in the Borough of Queens on March 31, 2020 in NY.

Yet, they could be useful in preventing people who wear them from spreading the coronavirus, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said Tuesday.

"It's really a perfectly good public health intervention that's not used", added KK Cheng, a public health expert at the University of Birmingham.

The Washington Post reported Monday that the CDC is "considering altering the official guidance to encourage people to take measures to cover their faces amid the coronavirus pandemic", according to multiple unnamed sources.

"When we get in a situation where we have enough masks, I believe there will be some very serious consideration about more broadening this recommendation of using masks", according to Fauci.

The idea is being pushed by some health experts, including Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It said South Korea, Singapore, and Japan have distributed face masks to residents.

The discussion over the new recommendations comes at a time that research from MIT is raising troubling questions about how far the virus can be transmitted by people sneezing, coughing, or just talking.

"Wearing a mask improperly can actually increase your risk of getting disease".

But calls for more mask-wearing have been percolating.

President Donald Trump said at the White House coronavirus briefing on Monday, "it's certainly something we could discuss".

"There may be a day when we change our recommendations - particularly for areas that have large spread going on - about wearing cotton masks", Adams said.

"We're not there yet, but I think we're coming close to some determination, because if in fact a person who may or may not be infected wants to prevent infecting someone else, one of the best ways to do that is with a mask", Fauci said.

Jeffrey Duchin, a top health official in Seattle and King County, Wash., which endured the first widespread outbreak of coronavirus in the United States, told the Post, "Homemade masks theoretically could offer some protection if the materials and fit were optimized, but this is uncertain".

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