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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that the general public wear N95 respirators to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus (COVID-19). Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks | FDA

The CDC recommends that members of the public use simple cloth face coverings when in a public setting to slow the spread of the virus, since this will help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. 

Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings | FDA

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions, such as hand washing and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing, to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

CDC Recommends Cloth Face Coverings for Use by the General Public | FDA

FDA to Allow Use of KN95 Masks

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Who is a Frontline Worker?

Frontline staff are employees who provide an essential service to society. The term has been used in many recent government announcements as officials introduce new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Frontline workers include medical professionals such as doctors, physician's assistants, nurses, medical assistants and social workers. However, often overlooked are the hospital custodial staff, cafeteria workers, translators, and other essential hospital personnel. In addition, all members currently working in an "Essential" business (e.g., food service, home improvement, utility workers) are also considered frontline workers. 

Because of the increased risk of exposure to COVID-19, frontliner workers have a dire need for medical masks that offer more protection than personal use sterile masks. As such, the FDA has advised that medical grade masks (such as N95 and KN95) should be exclusively reserved for frontliners and individuals with compromised immunity. 

What is Social Distancing?

In addition to everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools in slowing the spread of the virus.

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

(1) Stay at least 6 feet apart

(2) Do not gather in groups

(3) Stay out of crowded places and 

(4) Limit outings to essential needs

COVID-19: Mandatory Masks

Starting Friday, April 10 all residents in Los Angeles County are asked to wear masks when conducting essential business. Similar orders are already in effect in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

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