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Coronavirus in Florida podcast: Should we have been wearing face masks all along?

In the last week, some of the nation’s top doctors have confirmed that the CDC is considering broadening the recommendation on who should wear masks. Why?
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next. [ Eli Zhang ]
Published Apr. 2, 2020

When coronavirus cases first started popping up in Florida and around the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health officials repeatedly advised that healthy people should not wear masks.

And as it stands today, that’s still the guidance listed on the CDC’s website. But will that change soon?

In the last week, some of the nation’s top doctors have confirmed that the United States is in fact looking into whether the public should wear face masks.

Most recently, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told NBC’s TODAY show that he asked the CDC to look at it’s guidelines because “we now know there is a significant amount of asymptomatic spread.”

If you recall, Adams is the same guy who tweeted this in late February.

To get a better understanding of why this is happening now, Coronavirus in Florida host Allison Graves talked with Dr. Marissa Levine, a professor of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of South Florida.

We don’t have a set schedule for the Coronavirus in Florida podcast, but we will publish more episodes in the coming weeks. You can listen to the latest episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or by downloading it on your favorite podcast platform.

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