A new outbreak of coronavirus pneumonia in the United States may have alerted Americans, and masks in stores or online are beginning to go up or sell out. However, in its guidelines, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) says healthy people do not have to wear masks. Many netizens said sarcastically, because the mask is not enough so tell everyone not to wear it? In fact, there is already a shortage of masks in the United States, especially the N95.
27, local time, the CDC tweeted that the use of masks is not currently recommended to prevent the new coronavirus. Americans can take daily precautions, such as staying at home when they are sick and washing their hands with soap and water to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
Referring to the mask, the CDC said, "Healthy people are not advised to wear masks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including the new coronavirus.
"People with symptoms of new coronavirus pneumonia should wear masks to prevent transmission to others. The use of masks is also important to health workers and those who take care of patients in a close-range environment (at home or in a health facility).
Screenshot of CDC website
In the message of CDC twitter, most netizens said that the suggestion of "no mask" is not reliable.
Someone pointed out that this is because the mask is not enough?
However, some people affirmed the CDC's suggestion of "washing hands frequently":
No wonder Trump insisted on washing his hands and solving the case!
US officials: Currently, only a small part of the United States can be used immediately
Indeed, U.S. officials have acknowledged that the U.S. is running out of supplies of N95 masks for medical personnel.
26(UPI)-- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar spoke about various masks before the House Appropriations subcommittee, CBS reported. Asked about the N95 mask, he said:'It's one of our medical devices, mainly for the medical staff. The N95 masks must be worn carefully to protect workers.
Azar added, "if you don't wear it properly, you'll feel for it. You have to touch your face. This is the first way to get sick. It's to touch your face with unclean hands. "
In addition, Azar said,The United States needs to stockpile about 300 million N95 masks for medical workers. He confirmed that only a small part of the United States can be used immediately.
"These masks don't work in the community and they need to be given priority to health care workers," said Robert Redfield, CDC director, on a House subcommittee on Sunday.
"We are still committed to positive containment measures, and I hope the American public knows that the risks are low," he added
Price of masks in the United States
Still, Americans worried about the outbreak are snapping up masks.
According to USA today, on Tuesday (25th)）CDC said at the conference that within 24 hours after the virus will spread in American communities, the online price of some medical masks will rise.
According to the data of keepa, which tracks the price changes of Amazon, the price of disposable masks in Amazon was $125 on the 23rd and soared to $220 / box on the 26th.
As of the 25th, the price of each 100 basic masks more than tripled to $14.99. A day later, the price of the mask rose another $3, and then it was removed from the shelves.
According to keepa, Amazon's last third-party seller of medical grade N95 masks raised the price of masks to $81 from $38 on the 25th.
Amazon sent sellers an e-mail warning that the mask price increase was not in line with its fair pricing policy, according to Wired.
Offline, masks are also in short supply.
Shop Masks shelves are almost sold out Source: American Media
Houston, Americans line up to buy masks video screenshot
Demand surged last month, the boss said," we have been contacting our suppliers to provide us with masks so that we can serve our employees and make them feel safe in the environment."
The store's N95 masks rose to $20 to $25 each as suppliers raised prices due to a shortage of masks.
Everybody's crazy. We're making masks as fast as we can
Mike Bowen, executive vice president and partner of Prestige Ameritech, the largest manufacturer of surgical masks in the United States, said," Everybody's crazy, we're making masks as fast as we can."
CBS News screenshot
Their masks are generally more expensive than those in other countries, however, the demand is still huge. Bowen estimates that demand for their company's products is about 1000 times higher than normal. In the past, there were very few calls asking for masks. Now they answer about 100 calls a day.
'There is no stock available to meet the need for more masks,' Mr. Bowen explained. Demand for daily orders has ranged from 1 million to 100 million masks since the outbreak, and companies with only about 100 employees have been unable to meet them.
In spite of unprecedented challenges, Mr. Bowen said his company has yet to add staff or extend production time. He explained that hiring more employees and extending working hours may help meet growing demand in the United States, but that if the epidemic subsides, his business will be forced to shrink. "We're in a dilemma, we don't like layoffs," he said