CDC Reversing Stance on Wearing Masks to Guard Against Coronavirus
It looks like the Center for Disease Control is backing up on their guidance to not bother wearing masks and is instead advising that people to wear them if they’re going to be going out in public.
To me, this is just common sense and I guess I understand why they were saying not to initially, but things may have been different if they were to have issued this guidance earlier.
They initially didn’t want people hoarding masks and buying them up because that would take away from medical professionals who need them more.
Here’s another thing. Many people are dumb and I guarantee that if they were wearing masks some would think that they’re just immune to catching the virus.
At the same time, I think there is a good argument for people wearing them. If they do get too close to something that they shouldn’t be getting close to or they accidentally reach up to touch their face, this will help them to a degree.
I’ve got a beard so wearing a mask isn’t going to fit perfectly for me, but it’s going to reduce the points of entry for a droplet that may be infected with the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will advise all Americans to wear cloth masks or other face coverings if they go out in public but President Donald Trump said the new guidelines will not be mandatory.
But the policy marks a profound change in messaging as both the CDC and World Health Organization previously said people don’t need to wear masks unless they are sick.
The new guidance has not been officially announced but it is in the works, according to multiple reports, which comes as more than 1 million people globally have been infected with the coronavirus.
President Trump had this to say during press briefing on Thursday.
“I think they’re going to be coming out with the regulations on that.”
“I don’t think it will be mandatory because some people don’t want to do that, but if people wanted to wear them, they can. People wanted to use scarves, which they have that many people have of them, they can. In many cases, the scarf is better, it’s thicker. Depending on the material, it’s thicker. But they couldn’t do that if they want. The recommendation is coming out and we’ll see what that recommendation is but I will say this, they can pretty much decide for themselves right now.”