The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that Americans wear face-covering or masks in public to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The guidelines were announced by President Trump on April 3.

“It’s really going to be a voluntary thing,” President Trump said. “I’m not choosing to do it.” Federal health officials said they were under intense pressure from the White House to make the recommendations, according to CNN, “The CDC would not have gone this direction if not for the White House. We would have tried more to understand about asymptomatic transmission. We would have done more studies if we had more time.”

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Earlier in the week, experts told the White House that research found that coronavirus can be spread through talking or breathing, not just coughing. Experts say that citizens should be using a cloth or face masks, not medical-grade masks needed by hospital employees.

Joseph G. Allen, assistant professor of exposure and assessment science, director of the Healthy Buildings Program at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, wrote in an opinion article for the Washington Post that we all should be wearing masks, which provide multiple health benefits. He said there are four main benefits to wearing masks:

  • Masks are a physical barrier to coughs and sneezes
  • Masks protect you from others that might be ill
  • Masks are a reminder not to touch your face, coronavirus commonly enters the body through nose, eyes or mouth
  • Masks are a social cue that the threat is real

Masks should not be shared, should be washed daily if reusable and you should wash your hands after removing the mask, according to Allen.

Watch this video to learn how to make a mask from a bandana and hair bands:

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Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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