Trump’s Confusing Message About Whether We Should Be Wearing Mask Or Not!
Not too long ago, it may have seemed silly to wear a face mask while running errands. The health message from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization has repeatedly said that ordinary citizens did not need to wear a mask, only those who were sick or are caring for someone who is ill and unable to wear a mask.
But now that cases of the coronavirus have skyrocketed, there are benefits that masks could offer in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The CDC says it is currently reviewing the current policy and considering adding the recommendation to wear masks according to NPR.
NPR reported in an interview Monday, Robert Redfield, the Director at CDC, said they are taking another look at the data around mask use by the general public.
The President was asked whether or not Americans should wear nonmedical masks; the response was, “It could be something like that for a limited period of time.”
In recent days, prominent public health experts have raised the issue such as former FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb; He said wearing a mask is “an additional layer of protection for those who have to go out.” I think everyone can agree that this is an extra preventative step that we can make to help spread the virus when you do need to go to the grocery store or pharmacy.
The director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, George Gao, told Science the U.S. are making a “big mistake” by telling people not to wear masks during this pandemic. Usings masks help tamp down the risk presented by people who may be infected but aren’t yet showing symptoms, he added in the article. The mask can help prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others.
There is no right way to know who’s infected, so if you are infected and not showing signs and trying to be responsible when you go out in public, you may be unknowingly spreading the virus every time you talk with someone, such as a grocery store clerk.
Elaine Shuo Feng from the University of Oxford said: “If these asymptomatic people could wear face masks, then it could be helpful to reduce the transmission in the community.”
Given the current shortages, it may be too soon to tell the general public to start wearing masks right now, so where does that leave us?
Experts have said that homemade masks may not be effective as we all think if they are not constructed and handled correctly, Gottlieb said. The CDC should issue mask guidelines, advising people on how to construct their own cotton masks. “Cotton masks constructed in a proper way should provide a reasonable degree of protection from people being able to transmit the virus,” Gottlieb told NPR.