Coronavirus outbreak sparks face mask debate: Should you wear them?

Should the general public wear masks during the coronavirus epidemic in the U.S.? The debate over wearing face masks to protect against the novel coronavirus is wide-ranging, with health officials signaling a possible shift in the recommendations for the general public.

Currently, major health organizations — including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) — have continued to urge those who are healthy to leave surgical masks and the more protective N95 respirators to medical professionals, who across the country are reusing single-use medical masks due to widespread shortages.

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As the pandemic rages on, however, some have challenged such recommendations. On Twitter, social media users on Monday slammed a tweet from the U.S. Surgeon General that linked to an article about the WHO standing by its recommendations for healthy people to not wear face masks.

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