NewsTeam 10 Investigates

Actions

Coronavirus Impact: Should the general public wear masks?

What You Need To Know About Using Face Masks To Prevent Coronavirus
Posted at 4:22 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 20:03:40-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Some people wear masks. Others don’t.

It remains to be seen if the Centers for Disease Control will change guidelines on whether the general public should be wearing some type of face protection.

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom said the state would release further guidance on face coverings late Wednesday. He emphasized that it should not replace social distancing or the stay-at-home order.

In February, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told the public on Twitter to “stop buying masks.”

“They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching Coronavirus,” he tweeted.

However, the director of the CDC said up to 25 percent of those with Coronavirus are asymptomatic and can spread the virus up to 48 hours before they feel sick, if they show symptoms at all.

A new study published in the medical journal The Lancet shows that for some, the risk of dying from the Coronavirus is greater than others.

“In the 20 to 29-year-old age group, COVID-19 is 33 times more fatal than seasonal flu,” said ABC Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. “You heard a lot of people comparing it—not even in the same category.”

Some leading specialists from Asia, where the disease first struck, are saying regular masks made of fabric may have helped them contain the outbreak.

The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention told Science Magazine, "The big mistake in the U.S. and Europe, in my opinion, is that people aren't wearing masks. Many people have asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections. If they are wearing face masks, it can prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others."

President Trump said this week it is not a bad idea to cover your face with something.

“Use a scarf if you want. Rather than going out and getting a mask... we're making millions and millions of masks, but we want them to go to the hospitals,” the president said.

“Something’s better than nothing,” said Dr. Don Schaffner, a Professor of food microbiology at Rutgers University. “If we give somebody a recommendation for something that doesn't work, that's one thing. But we don't want give somebody a recommendation that makes somebody at higher risk.”