CDC Director Says Widespread Mask Use Can Get COVID-19 Under Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of masks and face coverings in public, and CDC Director Robert Redfield expanded on the topic during a discussion hosted by medical journal JAMA.

Redfield stated, “If we could get everybody to wear a mask right now, I think in four, six, eight weeks we could bring this epidemic under control.” During the discussion, Redfield noted that “we are not defenseless against COVID-19,” stating that “cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus— particularly when used universally within a community setting.

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