The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is considering urging people to wear face coverings in public.
According to The Washington Post, two federal officials are saying the CDC was debating whether to advise the general public to wear masks in public.
As of Tuesday morning, the CDC's Covid-19 website recommended that only people with symptoms and those caring for people with symptoms cover their faces.
The CDC stressed that the public should reserve medical face masks for health care workers.
The news is the latest in a series of confusing messages by health experts at the CDC. The CDC previously urged the public not to wear faces masks after studies have shown that wearing face masks will not prevent infections.
Doctors and nurses wearing protective equipment such as face masks still contracted the virus after they put on and removed the masks with contaminated hands.
Encouraging the general public to wear face masks will only lead to more infections. The correct way to put on a face mask is to have it fitted or adjusted to the face by someone else to ensure there are no gaps in the mask, such as in this photo.
But look at the man's hands: he is touching the mask near his eyes. If he has live virus on his hands he probably transmitted the virus to himself via his eyes.
If the CDC changes its guidelines, it will send another confusing message to the general public that will result in more infections.
The CDC still recommends that people wash their hands and avoid touching their faces while in public.
The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:
1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional