Several sources report a current worldwide shortage of protective and respirator masks. The U.S. Surgeon General says the general public really doesn’t need a mask.
Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!
They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!
— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) February 29, 2020
The above Tweet by U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams says that masks typically won’t work to protect you from Coronavirus. Good personal hygiene and staying home when sick is the best protective measure.
Additionally, the official CDC website states that they do not currently recommend the wearing of masks by the general public:
Should I wear a respirator in public?
- CDC does not recommend the routine use of respirators outside of workplace settings (in the community). Most often, spread of respiratory viruses from person-to-person happens among close contacts (within 6 feet). CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as avoiding people who are sick, avoiding touching your eyes or nose, and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue. People who are sick should stay home and not go into crowded public places or visit people in hospitals. Workers who are sick should follow CDC guidelines and stay home when they are sick.
Valeree Lane with Klamath County Public Health told Klamath Alerts “We always ask people to talk to their primary care professional about using masks. These professionals know more about an individual’s health situation and can have a conversation about type, fit and other considerations.”
The best advise being sent out by authorities for personal protection is:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your cough
- Avoid other people who are sick
- Wash your hands with water and soap
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without washing hands first
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
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