People think they are protected when they are not, People think they are protected when they are not.
The CDC says cloth masks aren't 100 percent effective, but they could slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent those who may be infected unknowingly from spreading to others.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N95 respirators - those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers, the CDC says.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are hard to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
If you have to wear the covering again before washing it, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.
The shift in recommendations reflects growing evidence that Covid-19 can be transmitted by a person's exhalations and normal speech but also the fact that people are not effectively covering their sneezes and coughs.
Masks should also be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change of shape.
One reason is that mask use can easily backfire if mishandled, according to Dr Dale Fisher, an infectious disease physician and chair of the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network.
While the use of medical masks can prevent the spread of droplets from an infected individual to someone else, World Health Organization maintains that there is "limited evidence" on whether healthy individuals wearing face masks in crowded areas (or among infected patients) may be beneficial.
Disposable surgical masks are typically created to keep what's in a person's mouth away from other people, which is why the CDC didn't initially recommend them.
And then there's whether they'll wear the mask in the first place. They should include multiple layers of fabric, and should be secured with ear loops, rubber bands or ties of some sort.
It must be noted that WHO's statement doesn't mean that face masks aren't useful to curb the spread of COVID-19. "Your set should be determined on your habits, and how you keep up with laundry and care".
Your mask should cover your nose and mouth.
- Do not re-use single-use masks.
-Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after touching your face or face coverings. Cloth coverings should be routinely washed, preferably in a washing machine, the CDC said. According to the PADOH, cloth masks should be used in conjunction with other recommended practices, such as social distancing, hand-washing, and staying at home unless absolutely necessary.