The CDC is recommending that Americans use cloth masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump said Friday.
“The CDC is advising the use of non-medical, cloth-based coverings as a voluntarily public health measure,” the president said during his daily briefing on the health crisis. “This is voluntary. I don’t think I’m going to be doing it, but you have a lot of ways of looking it. The CDC is asking Americans to wear a basic cloth or fabric mask.”
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The president cautioned that the new suggestion does not replace guidance on social distancing or hand washing, which are also being recommended to prevent transmission of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The CDC is not recommending the public use medical-grade or surgical-grade mask, as these items should be reserved for medical professionals treating patients, Trump said.
Cloth or fabric masks can be purchased online or can be made by hand:
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