As the CDC continues to study the spread and effects of COVID-19, they have learned that many people who may be infected do not have symptoms; they have also found that those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity even if an infected person is not exhibiting symptoms.
In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Important: Homemade cloth face coverings are not recommended by the CDC during embalming.The CDC continues to recommend that appropriate PPE be used during transfers and embalming. Please see the “Technical Information” page in NFDA’s COVID-19 Information Hub for information about appropriate PPE and safety protocol.
The CDC emphasizes social distancing remains the very best way to slow the spread of COVID-19. The use of a cloth face covering is recommended in addition to social distancing to further slow the spread of the virus.
Learn more about cloth face coverings, including how to make your own. Read an FAQ on cloth face coverings.