COVID-19: Are Face Masks Mandatory in California?

Henrietta Brewer
April 5, 2020

"You do not have to do it", he said.

The CDC has a few different styles of masks that people can make at home, some requiring more supplies and skill than others.

Officials are recommending the public wear face masks made of cloth or other material when venturing outside their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recommendation was made after research found people can be contagious without showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

The findings come amid widespread discussions by health officials over the effectiveness of wearing face masks. If you're not a health care worker and you have a stash of N95 masks or standard surgical masks, consider donating it to a hospital.


"In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, where other social distancing measures are hard to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies)".

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted primarily through person-to-person contact from people who are in close contact, meaning less than 6-feet apart; through respiratory droplets, projected in a sneeze or cough that land in the mouths and noses of people nearby and can be inhaled into their lungs, but importantly the virus can also be transmitted through talking.

"Cover your face with cloth - however you want to do that", said Shan Soe-Lin, a lecturer at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs who was a co-author of a widely shared article about the need to cover your face. It is now recommended that face masks are worn in public to try and reduce the number of new Coronavirus cases.

Renowned medical virologist Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Lam Sai Kit advised Malaysians to wear masks even if it is not a three-ply surgical mask.

"Remember that the wearing of masks is not so much to prevent yourself from getting infected, but not to spread the virus to others should you be infected but without symptoms".


Dr Lam said the wearing of masks, regardless of its type, will reduce droplet spread, as the major route of spread is still person-to-person via droplets.

"Home-made masks are still better than no masks at all". Wearing home-made masks and giving 50 per cent protection is still better than no masks.

Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. "If we go out to buy groceries, wear a mask, but still keep in mind to maintain social distancing", he added.

With the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of slowing down and countries scrambling to get their hands on medical equipment, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in United States has shared how anyone sitting at home can make a simple cloth face mask to protect themselves.

"How much benefit it has to oneself, the data is uncertain".


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