• The CDC says the purpose of wearing a cloth mask is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from people who are infected but not yet showing symptoms.
  • The agency doesn't claim that wearing a cloth mask yourself will keep you from getting sick.
  • Research so far shows that the novel coronavirus spreads easily through air when social distancing and other mitigation measures aren't followed.
  • The spread of infection among nursing home residents is under-detected, and new measures need to be developed and adopted to quickly detect the virus in this population.