The US Surgeon General has through its official twitter page advised people to avoid wearing a face mask as it is ineffective in curbing the spread coronavirus.
Dr Jerome Adams post to Twitter on Saturday was a response to face mask shortages as people stocked up due to coronavirus concerns.
“Seriously people,” he began, and though it’s a tweet, you can almost hear the exasperation in his plea. “STOP BUYING MASKS!”
“They are NOT effective in preventing the general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”
“CDC does not recommend that people who are well wearing a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
“Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility)”, CDC said in an advisory on its website.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), CDC said.
“The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.”