An outbreak of new coronavirus pneumonia in the U.S. may have raised alarm among Americans, and masks in stores or online have started to rise or sell out. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says healthy people do not wear masks in their prevention guidelines. Many netizens sarcastically said, because the mask is not enough so tell everyone not to wear it? In fact, there is a real shortage of masks, especially the N95, in the United States.
27 local time, the CDC said on Twitter that the use of masks to prevent new coronaviruses is not recommended. Americans can take daily precautions, such as staying at home when they are sick, and wash their hands with soap and water to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
On the CDC’s website, there are more detailed guidelines for preventing new coronaviruses. The CDC advises Americans to “avoid close contact with patients; avoid touching eyes, noses, and mouths; stay at home when you are sick; cover their mouths and noses with paper towels when coughing or sneezing; regularly disinfect objects and surfaces in frequent contact; and wash their hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.”
Referring to masks, the CDC said, “People who are healthy are not advised to wear masks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including the new coronavirus.” “
“People with symptoms of neo-coronavirus pneumonia should wear masks to prevent transmission to others. The use of masks is also important for health workers and those caring for patients in close proximity (at home or in health facilities). “
Screenshot of the CDC website
In the CDC’s Twitter message, most netizens said the “no mask” advice was unconspicyible.
Someone pointed out that it was because the mask was not enough?
However, some have affirmed the CDC’s “frequent hand washing” recommendation:
No wonder Trump has been stressing at the launch to wash his hands and solve the case!
U.S. Official: Only a small percentage of the U.S. is currently available immediately
Indeed, U.S. officials have acknowledged that the U.S. is currently strained with the supply of N95 masks for medical personnel.
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azhar spoke about various masks before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday, CBS News reported. Asked about the N95 mask, he said: “This is one of our medical equipment, mainly for medical staff.” N95 masks must be worn carefully to protect workers. “
Azhar added, “If you don’t wear it properly, you’ll fumble to wear it.” You have to touch your face, this is the first way you get sick, is to touch your face with an unclean hand. “
In addition, Azhar said, the U.S. needs to stockpile about 300 million N95 masks for medical workers. He confirmed that only a small percentage of the United States is currently available immediately.
According to Reuters, CDC Director Robert Redfield told a House subcommittee on Wednesday that ordinary Americans do not have to buy N95 masks at this time, saying, “These masks don’t work in the community, and they need to be given priority to health care workers.” “
He added: “We remain committed to active containment measures, and I want the American public to know that the risks are low at the moment.” “
U.S. mask prices rise
Still, Americans worried about the outbreak are snapping up masks.
According to USA Today, the cdc said at a press conference Tuesday that the virus will spread in U.S. communities within 24 hours, and some medical masks are rising online.
At Amazon, a one-time mask priced at $125 on the 23rd soared to $220 a box, according to Keepa, which tracks price changes.
As of the 25th, the price of 100 basic masks rose more than tripled to $14.99. A day later (26th), the price of the mask rose another $3 and was then taken off the shelves.
Keepa’s data also showed that on The 25th, a third-party seller of a medical-grade N95 mask on Amazon raised the price of the mask from $38 to $81.
Amazon sent an email to sellers warning them that the price increase was not in line with its fair pricing policy, Wired reported.
Online, masks are also facing a shortage of supply.
Mall mask shelves almost empty Picture: US Media
CBS affiliate HOUSTON LOCAL MEDIA KHOU reported that people have been waiting in long lines over the past few days to buy N95 masks from the Holcombe Medical Supply Center.
Houston, Americans Line up to buy masks Video screenshot
The boss said demand surged last month, and “we’ve been contacting our suppliers to provide us with masks so we can serve our employees and make them feel safe in the environment.” “
The store’s N95 masks rose to $20 to $25 each as suppliers raised prices because of a shortage of masks.
“Everybody’s crazy, we’re going to be as fast (producing masks)”
“Everybody’s going crazy, we’re making the masks as fast as we can,” said Mike Bowen, executive vice president and partner of Prestige Ameritech, the nation’s largest manufacturer of surgical masks, CBS News reported on Feb. 26. “
CBS News Screenshot
Despite the high demand, their masks are generally more expensive than in other countries. Mr Bowen estimates that demand for their company’s products is about 1,000 times higher than normal. In the past, there were very few calls for masks, and now they receive about 100 calls a day.
Bowen explained that there is no inventory at the moment to meet the demand for more masks. Since the outbreak began, daily demand for orders has ranged from 1 million to 100 million masks, and he has only about 100 employees whose companies cannot meet those needs.
Despite unprecedented challenges, Bowen says his company has not added staff or extended production times. He explained that hiring more workers and working longer hours might help meet growing demand in the U.S., but his business would be forced to downsize if the outbreak subsided. “We’re in a dilemma, we don’t like layoffs,” he said. “