CDC recommends Americans wear cloth masks outside

Apr 3 2020, 3:00 pm

The CDC has issued a new guideline suggesting all citizens wear masks outdoors.

President Donald Trump took to the podium at the White House Thursday announcing new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, stating that all Americans are advised to wear protective masks when outside.

Updated guidelines from the CDC recommend “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”

The CDC advises that actual protective masks be left for the healthcare workers on the front lines of this pandemic, suggesting a “cloth” or “scarf” to be worn by uninfected citizens.

“It’s voluntary. You don’t have to do it,” said Trump. “I’m choosing not to do it.”

The CDC continues to urge Americans to stay at home, practice physical distancing, and maintain a distance of six feet or more between people when making necessary outdoor trips.