The CDC Says Not to Wear a Mask if Healthy

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from COVID-19.  According to the CDC, facemasks should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, or health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings.  The WHO also does not recommend wearing a mask when not medically indicated, as it “may cause unnecessary cost, procurement burden and create a false sense of security that can lead to neglecting other essential measure such as hand hygiene practices.  Furthermore, using a mask incorrectly may hamper its effectiveness to reduce the risk of transmission.”  The Hawaii Department of Health also does not recommend wearing a facemask for healthy people.

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