Last month, the surgeon general issued an all-caps plea to Americans: "STOP BUYING MASKS!" But as the coronavirus outbreak worsens, a more nuanced debate is unfolding about whether Americans should be wearing masks, or some type of face covering, in public. Nobody is suggesting that people wear surgical masks or N95 masks, which are desperately needed for health care providers and first-responders. But do-it-yourself masks are gaining popularity, and more health officials are encouraging them as a way to limit the virus's spread. Coverage:
- New guidance? The CDC is considering changing its official guidance on face coverings, reports the Washington Post. The current guidelines state that healthy people don't need them, but the change under consideration would suggest that people wear cloth coverings (cotton is popular), even of the do-it-yourself variety.