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October 21, 2020

ACR Supports CDC Guidance on Wearing a Mask to Avoid COVID-19

In July 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reaffirming that cloth face masks are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19.

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) fully supports this CDC guidance, which encourages Americans to wear masks in public when unable to stay 6 feet away from individuals outside of their own household.

As physician leaders, we can set an example and help people understand the risks of transmission through clear and simple communication, rooted in science, showing that masks help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The recommendation to wear a mask is one of many designed to protect ourselves and others. Please consider directing patients to the CDC Prevent Getting Sick resources section for more lifesaving information and advice on this critical issue.