CSAC Bulletin Article

CDPH Issues Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings

April 2, 2020

After growing concerns voiced by the general public, individuals deemed essential workers, news outlets, and others on the use of face masks, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued guidance on the proper uses of cloth face coverings for the general public. The guidance stops short of mandating the use of face coverings and instead can be summarized as an informational document.

While the department strongly encourages frequently washing your hands, social distancing and adhering to stay at home orders, they do acknowledge that there is limited evidence that suggest there may be an additional benefit to also utilizing face coverings. The guidance provides counties the discretion to implement their own face covering policies within their jurisdictions, while continuing to promote good hygiene habits, and ensuring the policies do not cause a decrease in supply of N95 and surgical masks for healthcare professionals.  

The public guidance provides instruction for individuals on what CDPH considers a cloth face covering, how well it will prevent the spread of COVID-19, when it could be used, and how to properly care for them. The document aims to provide this information so individuals can make the decision to use cloth face coverings for themselves, while highlighting the need to continue to follow the guidance and requirements already issued by the Administration to slow the spread of COVID-19.

For the full document please visit the CDPH released here.

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