Want to prevent another shutdown, save 33,000 lives and protect yourself? Wear a face mask, doctors say

If 95% of Americans wore face masks in public, it could prevent 33,000 deaths by October 1, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

First, health officials said we shouldn’t wear face masks. Then, they said we should. Now, many are saying we must wear masks if we want to keep the economy open and save tens of thousands of lives.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says everyone “should” wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.”

Why did health officials tell us not to wear masks before?

What do doctors say about face masks now?

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