During the Coronavirus Task Force briefing Friday evening, President Trump and Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams announced that the CDC is recommending Americans wear non-medical cloth masks in public. The mask can be made from basic cloth or fabric that people typically have at home, so that masks can be easily washed and reused.
This recommendation is voluntary and is not meant to be a substitute for social distancing guidelines, and Americans should still stay at home when possible, stand six feet apart and practice proper handwashing techniques.
"Social distancing remains key to slowing the spread of the virus, but CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth coverings to slow the spread of the virus and to help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others," Dr. Adams said during the briefing. "The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders as recommended by the current CDC guidance."
The recommendation is meant to be an additional voluntary public health measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.