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Health Officials: Wear Cloth Face Mask in Public Places

It’s easy to make one out of household items

Health officials are suggesting most people wear a cloth face mask to cover their nose and mouth when in community settings.

Widespread COVID-19 across the country, along with new information about how the coronavirus spreads, led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue the advisory. It emphasizes that wearing a face mask does not eliminate the need to remain at least six feet from anyone else or to follow other preventive measures such as frequent hand washing.

The goal is to protect people around you if you are infected with COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2 years of age or people who have trouble breathing.

There are not enough surgical face masks for everyone, and available ones should go first to healthcare workers and first responders.

It’s easy to make your own face mask out of common household items. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams shows how to make one with a folded T-shirt and two rubber bands.

Watch this video on how to make your own face mask at home 


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