According tomedia reports, the U.S. Health Secretary’s Office recently issued a tweet that read: “Honestly, people — don’t buy masks anymore!” The agency reiterated that masks do not help people avoid the new coronavirus, which has spread to multiple countries and has been found across the United States. The u.S. health chief says the masks should be left to health care workers.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) should wear masks. This is a preventive measure to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. However, the CDC does not advise healthy people to wear these masks, but rather to wash their hands regularly and avoid touching their faces and rubbing their eyes.
For now, the new coronavirus appears to have reached “community-borne” levels in California, Washington and Oregon, and may or may be reaching that level in New York City. The symptoms of the disease may be mild in most healthy people, but in a few cases, especially in people who have other health problems in themselves, such as heart disease or the elderly group, infection with COVID-19 can be severe and even fatal.
U.S. public health experts say they are concerned that health care workers may not get enough masks to protect them from the virus. Many stores in the U.S. and many other countries have sold out of the protective masks, and manufacturers are struggling to meet demand.