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US Surgeon General Pleads: 'Stop Buying Masks!'

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A worshipper wears a face mask to protect against the coronavirus while sitting in a pew at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Ash Wednesday on February 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.   (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 01 March 2020 10:33 AM

The U.S. Surgeon General is making an exasperating plea for Americans to stop inundating face mask suppliers with individual orders, adding the masks are "not effective" for the general public's safety. 

They are best used for those with the virus, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jerome M. Adams' office Twitter account tweeted:

"Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!  

"They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can't get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!"

Instead of buying a face mask, the CDC website lays out the following suggestions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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