MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering changing its guidelines for people wearing masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
White House Coronavirus Task Force’s Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that the CDC may broaden the recommendation of the general public using masks.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 3 Deaths, 882 New Cases Reported; 52% Of Minnesotans 16 And Older Are Fully Vaccinated
The CDC has previously been advising only people who are sick to wear a mask. Dr Fauci had even suggested that a healthy person wearing a mask could make them more likely to get the virus because they may touch their face or mouth to adjust it.
Dr. Fauci says reconsidering the guidelines would first require an adequate supply of masks.READ MORE: Teen Falls 5 Stories In Fruen Mill, Seriously Injured
“The idea of getting a much more broad, community-wide use of masks outside of the health care setting is under very active discussion at the task force,” Dr. Fauci said
That’s an issue health experts here locally in Minnesota are also concerned about.
“If suddenly the general public were all trying to wear medical masks, that could deplete the supplies for people who work in hospitals and clinics,” University of Minnesota Medical Center director of infection prevention Susan Kline said.MORE NEWS: 'Absolutely Check Your Policies': Breezy Point Couple Learns COVID's Effect On Insurance The Hard Way
President Trump said Monday he is open to the idea of more people wearing masks for a short amount of time.