Doctors: CDC could update recommendations for facemasks

Doctors: CDC could update recommendations for facemasks

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The CDC might soon change its guidelines on who should wear facemasks. 

Over teleconference, experts from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) along and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce addressed how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted the region.

They shared insight on several issues focusing on health and the economy.

Dr. John Raymond, president & CEO of MCW shared the CDC could possibly update its recommendation for wearing masks for the general public in the coming weeks.

Currently, guidelines state only those who are sick or at risk should wear a face covering. However, amid a shortage of supply, some will likely have to making their own.

Dr. Raymond added fabric masks are probably not as effective as regular surgical masks. “They’re certainly better than nothing, and I would say that if healthcare providers run out of the typical surgical masks, even the CDC said that’s better than not having a mask. I would also say just the psychological benefit to the individual for feeling some measure of protection.”

The Medical College of Wisconsin is hosting a series of virtual community town halls on COVID-19. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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