Facemasks recommended for public, but not medical-grade equipment

Chris Miller
April 03, 2020 - 5:50 pm

From the White House on down to the city of New Orleans, government officials are now recommending people cover their faces when they leave their homes to carry out essential tasks.

The new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control recommends rudimentary coverings like bandanas, t-shirts, and non-medical masks.

"The New Orleans Health Department is now recommending that members of the public wear face coverings when doing essential activities such as grocery shopping," said Dr. Jennifer Avegno, city health director. "There are folks walking around with the virus that could potentially give it to others and don't know it. This is especially important for our essential workers -- grocery stores, bank workers, pharmacy techs, who are coming into contact with many, many people over the course of the day."

Dr. Avegno stressed that the general public should not seek out medical-grade equipment, which is short supply and needed for health care workers.

She also said wearing a face covering does not mean people are safe to ignore social distancing rules.

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