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Posted on: April 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] CDC Recommends Wearing Cloth Face Coverings in Public Settings

Illustration of a man in a facemask

Contra Costa Health and the CDC recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, for example, grocery stores and pharmacies.


At a press briefing on 4/3/2020, Contra Costa Health’s Dr. Chris Farnitano recommended that in order to further limit potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, residents should wear masks while conducting business in public.  This recommendation follows in line with a similar one from the Centers for Disease Control.  Masks are difficult to come by, so residents can also cover up their faces with scarves or bandanas.   

Below are some resources for DIY Cloth Face Coverings:

CDC - DIY Cloth Face Coverings

CDC - Cloth Face Coverings FAQs

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

CDC - DIY Cloth Face Coverings
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