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Problem Solvers Coronavirus Hotline: CDC Recommends Face Masks In Public

Posted at 7:56 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 08:58:38-04

Many people are wanting to take the CDC’s recommendation to wear a mask in public. But a lot of people have called in saying they don’t know where to get one or how to make one.

According to the CDC’s website, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like grocery stores and pharmacies.

Cloth face coverings should: fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

The CDC says cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The CDC’s website also has excellent tutorials on how to make a cloth mask with household items, like a bandana, coffee filters, rubber bands or hair ties, and t-shirts.

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