CDC recommends wearing face masks
NEW HAVEN — President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration now recommends wearing face masks — a sharp pivot from when citizens were told not to wear them.
According to the Associated Press, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now “encourages people, especially in areas hit hard by the spread of the coronavirus, to use rudimentary coverings like T-shirts, bandannas and non-medical masks to cover their faces while outdoors.”
Health experts in Connecticut said it’s unclear how helpful these kind of face protectors are for the general public — but that there doesn’t seem to be much of a downside to wearing them.
“There is a lack of strong evidence on the effectiveness of masks,” said Summer Johnson McGee, dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven. “But we don’t have a lot to lose by trying out masks, either. Masks may prevent some transmission which is better than not trying to prevent spread at all.”
She said the initial request that the general public not wear masks was done to “save those precious resources for health care workers.” But, given that as many as 50 percent of people who are COVID-19 positive may be asymptomatic, McGee said the switch in advice seems sound.