Does the CDC recommend the use of face masks to prevent COVID-19?

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask (N95, surgical, etc.) if a healthcare professional recommends it. A face mask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected and keeps people from touching their face. The use of face masks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).  

The CDC has updated their original recommendations and now suggest that if you are making any trips out of your house to wear face masks to protect yourselves and others. If you are going out and about in public check out this PDF on Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 to see how you can make your own face covering whether it’s with sewing or no sew. 

Read more on Optimizing the supply of face masks here.

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1. What is the City of Weatherford doing?
2. Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19?
3. How does COVID-19 spread?
4. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
5. How can I avoid infection with COVID-19?
6. Is there a vaccine?
7. Is there a treatment?
8. What should I do if I think I may be infected with COVID-19?
9. What if I'm considering traveling?
10. Who is at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19?
11. What if I don't have health insurance?
12. Is it okay for me to donate blood?
13. Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipping from China?
14. Does the CDC recommend the use of face masks to prevent COVID-19?
15. Why are people wearing masks?
16. Who should get tested?
17. I have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, what should I do?
18. Is quarantine different from isolation?
19. Can people in self-quarantine still have contact with their household members?
20. Who is at higher rick for serious illness from COVID-19?
21. Some of us are concerned about how to do our taxes without the senior center or the library. Do you have any solutions?
22. How do I know the information I’m receiving is accurate?
23. What are the CDC’s current guidelines on group gatherings?
24. Where can I find some information on Small Business Resources?
25. Where can I find information from WISD about COVID-19?
26. I'm feeling stress and anxiety about COVID-19, what can I do?
27. What businesses can continue doing business, with social distancing, from the Parker County Declaration?
28. What businesses that individuals cannot occupy or be permitted to occupy, from the Parker County Declaration?
29. What all was included in the First Amended Declaration of Local Disaster due to Public Health Emergency from Parker County?
30. Is the city issuing Peddler Permits (sometimes called Solicitors Permits) during COVID-19?
31. Will the police stop me while driving to work?
32. What if I don't have health insurance?
33. Can I go to the park?
34. Can I go for a walk or run in my neighborhood?
35. How can I clean and disinfect my surroundings and laundry?
36. What are good examples of times when I should wash my hands?
37. If I am sick, do I have to stay home?
38. What is community spread?
39. Can I call the state to ask more questions?
40. Where can businesses receive guidance in preventive health, sanitizing, etc?
41. Should I cancel my trip?