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Use Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Sedona AZCDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, 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.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. 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.

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.

According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, children under the age of two should not wear face masks as they may pose a suffocation risk. Visit the CDC website for more information.

How to Make Your own Face Covering
This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spread, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.


  1. Total BS says:

    There’s plenty of info available on why masks don’t work, but make sure you get one of the ones made in India if you decide to wear one. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–pwI4E9tsk

  2. Children Under 2 Should NOT Wear Masks says:

    Children under the age of 2 should NOT wear masks. For complete information and guidelines, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

  3. Wash HANDS and FACES says:

    The virus was spreading.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19
    CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.

    Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)

    Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice. Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

  4. Susan Ferguson, Flagstaff AZ says:

    WHO said China wasn’t spreading the virus person to person. WHO also said the virus wasn’t spreadable in the beginning and slammed the US for restricting travel saying it caused developing nations hardship and it was racist. WTF. China’s developing and spreading this virus did a hell of a lot of killing and suffering than a few airlines or closing global borders!!!! WTF Americans are simple cows with simple minds. Excuse me if I prefer to throw a piece of cloth over my nose and mouth when face to face with others, let’s err on the side of super caution that might keep you from catching a cold if not the coronavirus for a couple of months.

  5. Richard, Camp Verde says:

    hey @bs saw this on comment section, crazy truth might be this

    The only war zones are at the grocery store, filled with people freaking out. Jason Centers

  6. Jeanne says:

    They’re telling us no more handshaking. How about Eskimo nose greetings? How about fist bumps? How about hugs? Kissing? How about we learn to wash our hands and not pick our noses or scratch our crotches and butts? How about we learn to wash our hands after taking a (deleted by editor)? We never had pandemics until countries started manufacturing them and people moved helter skelter around the globe. People need to stop tourists traveling without limits on where they go.

  7. Sharmaine says:

    Scarves and bandannas do work. Take a flashlight and shine it through. That’s how air and viruses get in past it.

    Now take a piece of flannel or felt or even a cheap mask and tape it or staple it to the inside of your homemade one. Shine flashlight again and less light means you’ve done better job. Practice social distancing.

  8. @ Sharmaine says:

    Masks do not protect the wearer. Medical masks are ineffective against viruses, and cloth masks provide breeding grounds for them. A 2015 study in the British Medical Journal found that healthcare workers caught viruses from their patients 13 times more often if they wore a cloth mask than if they wore a medical mask, and a Chinese study found that a medical mask was no more protective against viruses than wearing no mask at all.

    The World Health Organization warns that wearing a medical mask “may create a false sense of security” against COVID-19 and that “no evidence is available on its usefulness to protect non-sick persons.”

    The N95 respirator, recommended for medical workers, requires training to use properly and “without training, the masks could not only expose workers to the virus but also lull them into thinking they are protected,” according to doctors at the Harvard School of Public Health. In practice, even the N95 mask has been found to be ineffective in preventing the transmission of viruses. A review of six clinical studies, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that medical workers caught viruses from their patients just as often when they used N95 respirators as when they used ordinary medical masks.

    Masks are harmful to the wearer. COVID-19 kills by causing severe hypoxia (low levels of oxygen in the blood). People wearing masks rebreathe some of their exhaled air, lowering the amount of oxygen they are breathing. “Wearing respirators come[s] with a host of physiological and psychological burdens. These can interfere with task performances and reduce work efficiency. These burdens can even be severe enough to cause life-threatening conditions if not ameliorated,” wrote the author of a 2016 article in the Journal of Biological Engineering. When the N95 respirator was tested in use in 2010, the “dead-space oxygen and carbon dioxide levels did not meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s ambient workplace standards.”

    But by all means, please do the world a favor. Distance yourself socially and do not breed.

  9. Mary C says:

    Politicians acted rashly for fear of their political futures. They will find that they made the wrong choice. The damage Mayor Sandy did to Sedona by cancelling all the spring revenue was far worse than any virus could have caused.

    She joined the city management junior Hitlers by becoming tin pot dictators. Shut all your businesses down, stay at home, you are under house arrest. I’m sure glad we have a city to tell us prisoners and tax slaves what we can do.

  10. Mike Campbell says:

    The part I love the most is ordering Sedona businesses shut down, while 110 city staff “works remotely” and collects full pay. You don’t have to wonder who works for whom.

  11. Sharmaine says:

    Okay whatever ever. Michigan Gov. Whitmer cancels all elective surgeries like heart stents but keeps abortions available. You probably like her because she has no regard for life either but she does love power over other lives.

  12. @Sharmire says:

    Wow thanks Shar… your a Genius.. how stupid to listen to medical experts. Your so smart I’ll listen you ..

  13. @@Sharmire says:

    Before you comment, learn the difference between your and you’re.

    A bad attitude, rude and ignorant is no way to go through life. Then again, if you are a government employee, you probably wrongly think it’s OK and you are smarter than everyone else.

    Hope this helps.

  14. @@@sharmire says:

    You got that wrong you think you’re smarter than everybody else you’re just a hateful moron

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