(UnitedVoice.com) – In the past several weeks, there’s been a lot of debate on whether it’s necessary to wear a protective facemask. Some government officials argued wearing a facemask would only create a false sense of security and encourage people to stop the practice of social distancing.
Others argued that only individuals infected with COVID-19 should wear them to prevent further spread. In fact, this issue has caused high tensions between hospital staff and health professionals working on the front lines, taking care of infected patients.
And now, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is setting forth new guidelines. They recommend anyone living in hard-hit areas wear protective facial covering while outside.
This recommendation comes as health officials learn the virus can spread by people simply speaking to each other, as well as coughing and sneezing. Individuals are being advised to stay a minimum of 6 feet apart and wear some sort of protective covering, especially when it’s hard to practice social distancing.
The CDC has sent the new recommended guidelines to The White House coronavirus task force and the Department of Health and Human Services as a measure to prevent further spread of the virus.
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