CDC Cloth Mask guidelines published July 6th, 2020 by the CDC on guidance for cloth masks.
The CDC recommends people of all ages should wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. A cloth mask is intended to trap droplets that are released when the wearer talks, coughs or sneezes.
While surgical and N95 masks may be in short supply and should be reserved for health care providers, cloth face coverings and masks are easy to find or make, and can be washed and reused.
Masks can be made from common materials, such as sheets made of tightly woven cotton. Instructions are easy to find online. Cloth masks should include multiple layers of fabric.
Simple cloth face coverings can be made at home and may help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Who should NOT use cloth face coverings: children under age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Cloth face coverings are NOT surgical masks or N95 respirators. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.