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CDC recommending Americans cover their faces

The White House says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that Americans cover their faces when leaving the home, especially around other people.

Posted: Apr 3, 2020 3:11 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2020 8:33 AM

WASHINGTON — The White House says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that Americans cover their faces when leaving the home, especially around other people.

President Donald Trump says that the recommendation is optional and is conceding that he will not be complying with it.

The latest guidance suggests that Americans use makeshift coverings, such as T-shirts, scarves or bandanas to cover their noses and mouths. Medical-grade masks, especially N95 masks, are to be reserved for those on the front lines of trying to contain the pandemic.

The new guidance is raising concern that it could lead to a sudden run on masks. Some in the U.S. already have begun acquiring or creating face masks of their own even before this week.

RELATED: Butte County Public Health Officer recommends residents to cover their faces

But the administration’s new guidance is expected to apply to people in areas of the country hit hard by the coronavirus and is likely to test the market’s ability to accommodate a surge in demand.

The policy change comes as public health officials are concerned that those without symptoms can spread the virus which causes COVID-19.

Below is a tutorial on how to make a face covering with supplies you may already have at home

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