Ilhem Messaoudi, a University of California at Irvine epidemiologist, told the newspaper that the virus is spread through heavy respiratory droplets. “Given the shortage of PPE available to our healthcare workforce, it is irresponsible for anyone to suggest that we should all don masks, reducing the supply for nurses and physicians who do not have the luxury of treating symptomatic, very sick patients from 6 feet away,” Messaoudi said.
CDC may urge Americans to cover faces in public: report
The Hill, March 31, 2020
March 31, 2020