Coronavirus Facts Only: White House expected to recommend Americans wear masks in public

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Fred Bodimer
April 03, 2020 - 11:30 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Dr. Fred Buckhold is a SLU Care general internist at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. The White House is expected to announce a voluntary policy for Americans to wear a face-covering mask when going out in public.

This contradicts earlier CDC advice that said wearing a mask if you did not have coronavirus or not a healthcare worker was unneeded. Dr. Buckhold says he is ambivalent about the practice.

He says social distancing is the key. Universal face masks in pubic don't do much. The goal is to keep the wearer from spreading germs to others....but not to protect oneself from the virus.

But while masks have few benefits, he says, they have few drawbacks so he's okay with it.

He just worries about the shortage of face masks which are critical to healthcare workers. Dr. Buckhold also cautions about the feeling of a false sense of security when wearing a mask in public.

He says you still need to practice social distancing.

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