As we continue the battle against COVID-19, we continue to keep Bergen County residents informed of current events on a federal, state and local level. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US authority on coronavirus protocols and protection against COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, will soon issue new guidelines recommending the general public to wear face coverings in public as an added measure of protection.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found those infected with coronavirus can spread the disease for one to three days before showing symptoms of the illness. Covering your nose and mouth is a basic way of avoiding the spread of germs. The use of face covering in public would be an additional measure and not a substitute for critical social distancing guidelines.
The US Surgeon General also tweeted that the shortage of PPE, that is personal protective equipment, especially N95 and surgical masks, has played a vital role in exploring new recommendations. This has significant implications for our healthcare workers, who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 and are lacking the (PPE) they need.
Experts advise, however, that while the homemade face covering alternatives can create a loose-fitting barrier that may mitigate the spread of some germs, they are not designed to block the spread of COVID-19, so you should still follow social distancing guidelines and stay home if you can. Experts also advise that when you are out in public, you do not necessarily need the mask, unless you yourself are sick. If you are or suspect you may be sick, or have had contact with a sick person, then it is advised that you do not go out in public.