The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have both said that wearing masks in an important part in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Scientists say that the virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets that expel when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The director of the CDC, Robert Redfield made it clear this week that using masks is key to controlling the coronavirus and that if everyone wore masks it could be under control in one to two months. “The time is now,” Redfield, director of the CDC, said during an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Dr. Howard Bauchner. “I think if we could get everybody to wear a mask right now I think in four, six, eight weeks we could bring this epidemic under control.”

At the time of Redfield’s discussion, at least 575,600 people had been killed by the virus. It has infected over 13 million people around the globe.

Not every state has mandatory mask mandates, many are leaving it to cities and towns to regulate. The CDC released a new study that said state leaders should consider requiring face coverings to help reduce the spread. “I think we’re being very clear now,” Redfield said. “Now’s the time to wear a mask.” The study mentioned two Missouri hairstylists infected with coronavirus that wore masks and did not pass the virus to their clients.

“With the potential for presymptomatic and asymptomatic transmission, widespread adoption of policies requiring face coverings in public settings should be considered to reduce the impact and magnitude of additional waves of COVID-19,” the CDC study said.

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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