World Health Organization also wants to maximise the availability of face masks to medical staff due to the shortage so that people do not stock buy on masks if they do not need them. "Face masks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers", according to CDC guidance.
Passengers wearing face masks on flight to Rome in early February 2020. The new guidance would make it clear the public should not use medical masks that are needed by healthcare workers, the Post reported.
US health officials said on Tuesday they are discussing whether to recommend that the general public wear face masks as a way to prevent transmission of the new coronavirus, but that it was too soon to take that step. "If you're sick, wear a mask".More news: Trudeau says businesses, non-profits, charities all eligible for wage subsidy
Thomas Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, maintained the CDC should push people to use nonmedical masks. "We want to make sure we are reserving PPE for the people who most need it".
Meanwhile, healthcare workers across the country are facing acute shortages of personal protective equipment including N95 respirator masks and surgical masks as they treat an onslaught of highly contagious patients.
The idea is being pushed by some health experts, including Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.More news: Tottenham allow Son and Bergwijn to return home
"Face masks will be most effective at slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 if they are widely used, because they may help prevent people who are asymptomatically infected from transmitting the disease unknowingly".
Adams emphasized that health officials don't recommend masks for the healthy general public, but he does think they should be worn by people who have the illness.
"It's also possible that mask-wearing might increase the risk for infection if other recommendations (like hand washing and distancing) are less likely to be followed or if the mask is contaminated and touched", Jeffrey Duchin, a top health official in Seattle, told The Washington Post.More news: COVID-19 in Florida: 5704 cases reported, 71 deaths total