COVID-19 and Masks: Cloth Face Coverings Slow the Spread
New evidence supports the reasoning behind face coverings
With coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading faster than ever in the U.S., two new studies are providing more evidence that universal face masking is an effective tool to help slow the spread of the virus. The new research comes just as Walmart, the nation’s biggest retailer, said it will require all customers to wear a mask.
This week, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that if everyone in America wore a mask, washed hands frequently and practiced social distancing, the spread of the virus would be under control in one to two months.
“Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus — particularly when used universally within a community setting,” Dr. Robert Redfield said in a statement. “All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families and their communities.”
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