The CDC now recommends that the general public wear masks, face coverings or scarfs when going out in public. Here’s the official CDC advice:
“CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
“The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.”
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Note that the CDC is not suggesting that laypeople buy medical-grade masks because those are in short supply and are needed for healthcare workers. But if you’re a frequent flyer, there’s a good chance you have an eye mask or unopened amenity kit that airlines give passengers when they fly first, business or even long-haul flights in economy. On the subject, my friend Trish tagged me in the tweet, which makes for an excellent travel hack:
Wouldn’t it be fabulous if all airlines donated their sleep masks to municipal/county/state officials for community distribution.? #upcycle #COVID19 #facemaskgoals @SanDiegoCounty pic.twitter.com/8DtH5SwPNt
— The Travelphile (@TheTravelphile) April 4, 2020
I think it’s a great idea. Just today, I was organizing my garage and found about 50 unopened amenity kits that I had put aside to donate to my local church, senior homes and women’s shelters.
As you can see from the pic above, I started using this travel hack back in 2008 on a flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. But I wasn’t doing it to protect me or others from a virus.
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What do you think? Yay or nay?
I know it probably won’t prevent you from getting the virus but it should serve the same value as the same as a scarf, which would prevent others from getting your germs.
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