The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) championed the “universal” wearing of masks for the first time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday that the United States has entered a “high-risk coronavirus transmission phase” because of cold weather that forces Americans to spend more time indoors.
CDC was the first to call for the “widespread use of masks” both indoors and outdoors. CDC head Robert Redfield called masks “the most important public health tool” to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Previously, the CDC recommended wearing masks in busy public places. The report emphasized that wearing masks remains the most important indoors and outdoors when social distance cannot be maintained. Wearing masks at home is recommended if a family member is sick or at increased risk of disease for a family member, for example, if the profession involves a risk of infection.
In the U.S., 277,000 people were victims of COVID-19, with nearly 14.3 million cases reported. According to the CDC, in about half of the cases, the source of infection is people who carry COVID-19 asymptomatically.