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Coronavirus could be ‘under control’ in weeks if everyone wore masks, CDC director says

President Trump has undermined guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at least a half dozen times since the coronavirus outbreak began. (Video: The Washington Post)
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The United States could get the spread of the novel coronavirus “under control” within a matter of weeks if everyone wore face coverings, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said Tuesday.

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He said masks — which can act as a barrier for respiratory droplets that can be propelled into the air an infected person coughs, shouts or sneezes — are among the most effective measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Redfield said he was “saddened” that the wearing of masks has become politicized.

“I think if we could get everybody to wear a mask right now, I think in four, six, eight weeks we could bring this epidemic under control,” Redfield said.

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