Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Face Masks recommended by CDC

Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2020

In light of new evidence, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that people wear cloth face coverings to slow spread of coronavirus in public settings, where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies.

This recommendation is not a substitute for existing guidance on maintaining 6-feet of physical distance and washing your hands. Those measures continue to be critical.

Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items, or made at home from common materials at low cost, and can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure to help slow the spread. Click here for more information on making and using a facemask.

The cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those critical supplies must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children (younger than age 2) or on anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

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/machine dried without damage or change to shape.