The CDC Recommends Wearing Face Masks at Any Type of Gathering, Big or Small
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As states continue to open and lift restrictions on social distance in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some communities have started holding meetings again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend all Americans to continue wearing fabric face covers, among other things, to reduce the risk of the virus spreading at gatherings and events.
In its updated guidelines, the CDC "strongly" encouraged the use of fabric face coverings in environments where "individuals could raise their voices", citing screaming, singing and singing as examples. These settings can include protests, concerts, conferences and weddings, or other gatherings where physical distance can be difficult. As a reminder, wearing a fabric face mask is not meant to protect a person from getting the virus, but to protect them from the unwitting spread of the virus to others if, according to the CDC, they show no symptoms.
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While the World Health Organization (WHO) recently said that the asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus is "very rare," the CDC advises organizers and attendees to continue to exercise caution and prioritize outdoor activities as much as possible. "The more people a person interacts at a gathering and the longer this interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of getting infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19," said the CDC.
In addition to wearing face masks, the CDC recommends washing your hands frequently and keeping a distance, if possible, and preventing people from exchanging physical interactions such as handshakes, punches, and high fives at events. If you think you are infected with the coronavirus, have symptoms, or have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms in the past 14 days, you should stay at home, especially during gatherings. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can take care of yourself at home as follows.
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