The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has evolved its policy and it is now advising everyone, whether they have signs of COVID-19, to pay their face using a mask or cloth covering whenever social distancing is actually difficult to maintain. To be clear, the CDC is just not saying you should wear a Tube Mask anywhere you go, but instead in places where people congregate, including grocery stores and public transit and ride-shares.
The consistent messaging from authorities in Asia is in stark contrast with American officials that have fed confusion and distrust. On February 29th, Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General, tweeted, “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing public from catching #Coronavirus, in case healthcare providers can’t cause them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities in danger!”
The World Health Organization (WHO) says only two teams of people should wear protective masks. The study, conducted by Michael Ward, professor of veterinary and public health in the University of Sydney, and international colleagues, took locally acquired coronavirus cases in Sydney between February and May and used postcode data to link cases on the closest weather station.
However, everyone ought not wear N95 markers or surgical goggles considering that the global supply is restricted (more on N95 and surgical masks below).
Do not wear a mask if you are well” read a reminder plastered across the front of Singapore’s main newspaper on Friday, as authorities around the globe sought to calm panic buying of Custom Mask seen as a guard up against the fast-spreading coronavirus.
The CDC recommends that everybody wear cloth markers in public places where it’s tough to remain 6 feet from other folks. Children under 2 years old and people who have trouble breathing shouldn’t rely on them.