CDC recommends wearing cloth masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of cloth masks to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.
DISCLAIMER: Cloth masks are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. We make no claims that the mask prevents infection or the transmission of viruses or diseases, whether express or implied.