N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks | FDA
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.
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings | 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.
CDC Recommends Cloth Face Coverings for Use by the General Public | 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.
FDA to Allow Use of KN95 Masks
Effective April 3, 2020 - the Food and Drug Administration approved the KN95 blocking mask for use during the coronavirus pandemic.
Key background: Healthcare workers, along with state and local officials, have raised urgent concerns over a dangerous shortage of essential equipment protecting frontline workers, such as EMTs, nurses and doctors, such as masks, gowns and gloves. The situation has gotten so dire that healthcare workers in New York are reusing masks only meant for a single use.
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