White House Preparing to Make Official Statement on Mask Usage

As with any swiftly moving stream of consciousness, the information surrounding the spread of coronavirus here in the United States can be a little murky at times.

Some of this is due to the simple fact that information changes extremely rapidly when the eyes of the world are upon a problem, and guidance could could change from hour to hour.

And then there’s the glut of misinformation and disinformation that exists out there on the internet.  When we’re all stuck at home, staring into the void from behind our thumbs, bogus information can spread even faster than the virus itself.  When it comes to getting medical advice, this is certainly a problem.

One of the most frequently asked questions that medical professionals have been trying to definitively answer this week is whether or not wearing a mask, either as a sick person or a healthy one, is an effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The White House appears ready to make a determination on that.

The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings when leaving home, in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

The recommendations, still being finalized Thursday, would apply to those who live in areas hard-hit by community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. A person familiar with the White House coronavirus task force’s discussion said officials would suggest that non-medical masks, T-shirts or bandannas be used to cover the nose and mouth when outside the home – for instance, at the grocery store or pharmacy. Medical-grade masks, particularly short-in-supply N95 masks, would be reserved for those dealing directly with the sick.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the proposed guidance before its public release.

There will no doubt be a number of Etsy shops opening up in the coming days, specifically catered to finding you exactly the right fashion-forward face mask.