Health Desk- 11 Nov 2020: The CDC released a stronger recommendation on wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Breaking from its tentative recommendations on mask use thus far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that using masks benefits wearers, which is a step beyond its previous declaration that said wearing masks would only protect those around them.
‘Experimental and epidemiological data support community masking to reduce the spread’ of the virus, the C.D.C. said in a document that details scientific evidence supporting mask use.
Experts said they were thrilled to see the change in the C.D.C.’s stance, and particularly the emphasis on face coverings that protect wearers.
Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious-disease expert at the University of California, San Francisco, said, ‘That matters for public-health messaging, because we don’t have people yet who are completely convinced about the benefits of masking until they see the C.D.C. say that it also protects you and your family.’