Information about cloth face covers

By April 7, 2020 Commentary, COVID-19

Older adults should stay home and avoid nonessential travel at this time to limit risk of exposure to COVID-19. People who must leave the house, those who care for older adults, and older adults living in close quarters with others can take precautions to limit transmission with cloth face coverings. 

  • The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
  • Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Learn more and view tutorials from the CDC on how to make face coverings for you and your loved ones: