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As public awaits possible mask guidelines, Chicago health official says, ‘if you're sick, stay home'

Posted On: Apr 2, 2020   |   Posted By: WGN TV

CHICAGO - There has been a lot of talk about masks and the concern, if healthcare workers are wearing them to protect themselves, why shouldn't others?
The White House hinted that all Americans may be advised to don masks.
In response, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said the agency is “reviewing mask guidelines.”
Citing new data showing high rates of transmission of people who are infected but showing no symptoms, he said there's potential value for individuals that may be asymptomatically infected.
But the CDC has not issued any formal new guidelines.
In Chicago officials do have some guidance.
Chicago Department of Public Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Layden said masks protect doctors from the droplets released by patients with COVID-19 symptoms.
“When doctors are wearing masks, they are wearing them because they have close prolonged contact with patients,” she said. “The thought behind that is when individual cough, these particles can travel. By wearing a mask, it's acting as a barrier. So...

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