UNITED STATES – At least 7 825 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus and more than 290,000 people in the country have been infected, according to Johns Hopkins University. Globally more than 1.1 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, and over 62,370 people have died.
The CDC is now recommending Americans wear cloth face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the virus.
“The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators,” the CDC says. “Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.”
Surgeon General Jerome Adams explained there are a significant portion of people infected by the virus who are asymptomatic or presymptomatic, but who can nonetheless transmit the virus. The recommendation to wear coverings in public is intended to prevent these individuals from unknowingly infecting others.