CDC recommends you cover your face when you’re outside the home

A passenger wears face mask as she waits at immigration counter at Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Terminal in Sepang, Malaysia, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Malaysia has tightened control at its borders and banned travelers from China's Hubei province as virus cases in the country rose to 7. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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WASHINGTON (KWTX) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending Americans cover their faces when they leave their homes, but President Donald Trump late Friday afternoon called the push “voluntary” and said he doesn’t plan to follow the recommendation.

“I just don’t want to wear one myself,” he said.

“It’s a recommendation.”

“Maybe I’ll change my mind. This will pass. It will pass very quickly,” he said.

Officials are not recommending the use of medical-grade facemasks, however.

Those, they say, are needed by medical professionals treating those diagnosed with COVID-19.

Simple cloth face coverings won’t protect those wearing them from contracting the virus, but they will prevent those who have it and may not know it from spreading it.

“We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms and that even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms,” the CDC says.

“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" such as grocery stores and pharmacies, particularly in areas with significant community-based transmission, the CDC said.