However, there are concerns that such a recommendation will lead to an even greater shortage of masks for health workers.
Widespread use of non-medical masks could reduce the number of cases of transmission of the virus, but the recommendation to wear them could also lead to the mass purchase of masks that are desperately needed by health workers.
Both the World Health Organization and the Centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) have repeatedly said that ordinary citizens do not need to wear masks if they are not ill and do not cough. Due to the acute shortage of masks and other protective equipment in medical institutions, health authorities are urging the public not to stock up on masks.
However, these recommendations may be adjusted.
On Monday, during the daily briefing of the working group on the fight against coronavirus, President Donald Trump was asked whether Americans should wear non-medical masks. “This is an issue that could be discussed,” the President said. “It may be something like this for a limited period.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield confirmed in an interview with WABE on Monday that the Agency is reviewing its recommendations for wearing masks amid new data showing a large number of cases of transmission of the virus from people who are infected but do not have symptoms.
According to Redfield, the coronavirus is about three times more contagious than the common flu, and sometimes people get infected and infect others without showing any symptoms for two days.