Updated: March 31, 2020 06:08 PM
Created: March 31, 2020 04:26 PM
There have been mixed messages about whether the general public benefits from wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now considering altering the official guidance, saying yes to any kind of protection over your face is beneficial.
Natalie Ikeman, a physician's assistant at Hennepin Health Care, said masks and gloves are another layer of protection.
"Now, people are wearing gloves and masks all the time to the grocery store," Ikeman said. "We're not batting an eye, it's becoming the new norm."
Ikeman said gloves can still spread the virus to people and surfaces, but using them will remind you not to touch your face.
"Best to wear gloves and mask if you really want to protect yourself and protect others."
Ikeman said masks can help prevent you from breathing in things from others.
"If all you have access to is a homemade mask and you feel better about protecting yourself when you're out in the community, then wearing a homemade mask is OK."
Ikeman said people wearing masks and gloves will be common as the pandemic continues.
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