U.S. Surgeon General Tells People To ‘Seriously’ Stop Buying Masks For Coronavirus — Here’s Why…

The Twitter account for the U.S. Surgeon General issued out a start warning for Americans who are buying up bulk orders of surgical masks to prevent being infected by coronavirus: Knock it off.

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“Seriously people — STOP BUYING MASKS!” the account belonging to the Surgeon General’s office wrote.

Masks “are NOT effective in preventing [the] general public from catching #Coronavirus,” the account went onto say, “but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”

In a subsequent tweet, the U.S. Surgeon General’s account provided ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other illnesses, including washing one’s hands often.

On its website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mirrored these sentiments. Their recommendations, if you are worried over COVID-19, are as follows:

  • wash your hands often;
  • refresh food/medical supplies regularly;
  • avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth;
  • and disinfect things that are regularly touched

Masks don’t do as much as people believe they do to prevent airborne pathogens from entering the body. Also, the average person doesn’t understand how tight to tie masks onto their face, or that simple things (like having a beard) render them pretty useless.

Wearing a mask is recommended if you’re someone who is sick with an illness already, to prevent the spread of disease to others. But the large buyout of masks online is causing problems for health professionals, CNN reported, including a shortage for those who actually use them, not just for coronavirus-related concerns.

“We need to make sure those N95 masks are available for the doctors and nurses that are going to be taking care of individuals that have this illness,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in a congressional hearing on Thursday. “And it really does displease me, to find people going out, there is no role for these masks in the community.”

Mask sellers also appear to be gouging prices. One seller, for example, who usually charged $8 for a pack of 100 masks in the past, was now selling them for $200 a pop.

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