Fauci said officials would balance competing issues - not only whether there is a sufficient benefit to the public, but the risks of putting a further strain on the desperate push to manufacture protective equipment for medical professionals.
Doesn't this go against what we've been told?
Marking a major shift in strategy from the existing rules, a government guidance on masks today said once 80 per cent of the population wears masks, outbreak of Covid-19 can be "stopped immediately".
"We want to protect our frontline health workers and prioritizing supply in that setting is critically important", says Tam, adding that masks give members of the public "a false sense of confidence".
'The thing that has inhibited that a bit is to make sure we don't take away the supply of masks from the health care workers who need them.
Medical masks, when worn and used properly, have demonstrated efficacy, said Jared Baeten, an infectious-disease physician and epidemiologist at the University of Washington.More news: Trolls shame Yuvraj, Harbhajan for pro-Shahid Afridi stance
Only healthcare workers and people with confirmed COVID-19 cases are now advised to wear masks.
The memos were drafted in recent days by the CDC and sent to officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House coronavirus task force for consideration of masks as an additional measure to slow the pandemic.
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. "When it came from the hospital, obviously I knew we're in trouble". Especially, if a person is infected with coronavirus, the very first precaution that you must take is to make a distance from the person and wear face mark so you can save yourself from viral attack.
"They're saying don't wear them into rooms where there's not suspicions someone has COVID-19", Adami said. There are concerns about the number of masks now in circulation not being enough for healthcare workers.
The surgeon general shot down the idea of mass producing for public use the N95 masks that health care workers are wearing. If we have them covered, then you could look back and say maybe we need to broaden this, ' Fauci said.
President Donald Trump was asked on Monday whether everyone should wear a nonmedical fabric mask.More news: Spain coronavirus hell: Cases hit 100,000 as death toll soars
The Washington Post reported Monday that the CDC was considering changes to its official guidance on use of masks.
The proposed guide is meant to provide a simple outline of best practices to make, use and reuse masks.
The idea is being pushed by some health experts, including Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
If you're not sick, you don't need to wear a face mask unless you're caring for someone who is sick and can't wear one.
A CDC report last week on asymptomatic infections among residents at a skilled nursing facility in the Seattle area found that of 23 residents who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, 13 were asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic on the day of testing.
In other parts of the world, this message may be confusing, coming after weeks of public health authorities, politicians and media figures confidently claiming masks do not help and urging people instead to focus on washing their hands and maintaining social distancing.More news: World Health Organization official avoids question about Taiwan's success with containing coronavirus, praises China