CDC Recommends Cloth Face Covers to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

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(Camden, NJ) – In recent days, the Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidance regarding cloth face covers for general use to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The CDC now recommends that all Americans wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc…), and especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The recommendation is based on evolving data which shows that a significant portion of people with coronavirus lack symptoms, and that even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before becoming symptomatic. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity – via speaking, coughing or sneezing – even if these people are not showing symptoms.

The CDC has also outlined several step-by-step guides to make a face cover at home with materials that you likely already own. See here for more information.

“First and foremost, this recommendation does not say to use surgical masks or N95 respirators which are still in critically short supply and are needed to keep our medical professionals and first responders safe,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “The face cover helps stop the spread of the virus to others but remember that this is an additional step we have to take to slow the spread, it does not replace the guidance we have had in place for several weeks. That means you should still maintain six feet of separation even if everyone is wearing a mask.”

The CDC advises that cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of two years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

For more information regarding the CDC’s recommendation, read the full text here. For answers to a list of frequently asked questions about the use of face coverings, visit here.


The statement below is by Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez in regard to face cover recommendations.

“En los últimos días, El Centro para el Control de Enfermedades han emitido una nueva regla con respecto a el uso general de las cubiertas faciales de tela para para prevenir la propagación de COVID-19. El CDC ahora recomiendan que todos los estadounidenses usen cubiertas de tela en lugares públicos donde otras medidas de distanciamiento social son difíciles de mantener (Supermercados, bodegas farmacias, etc.), y especialmente en áreas que la transmisión comunitaria pueda ser significativa.  La recomendación se basa en la evolución de los datos que muestran que una parte significativa de las personas con coronavirus carece de síntomas, y que incluso aquellos que eventualmente desarrollan síntomas pueden transmitir el virus a otros antes de volverse sintomáticos. Esto significa que el virus puede propagarse entre las personas que interactúan en las proximidades cercanas ya sea hablando, tosiendo o estornudando, incluso si estas personas no presenta ningún síntoma.   

El CDC han descrito paso a paso varias ejemplos sobre cómo hacer una cubierta facial en casa con materiales que probablemente ya tenga. Para más información ver aquí.

Para obtener más información sobre la recomendación de los CDC, lea el texto completo aquí.”