How to wear a mask to prevent spread of COVID-19: Chattanooga officials, CDC provide tips

Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter / Gary Shimel puts on a mask and glasses at his Brainerd home before getting on the CARTA Care-A-Van on Thursday, April 23, 2020. The CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering when going out in public regardless of whether they have symptoms.

As social distancing requirements are increasingly eased and people are venturing out in public more often, some are questioning when, how and where they should wear masks.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations related to masks have changed as more information has become known regarding how the disease spreads.

The Times Free Press asked local officials and compiled information from the CDC to answer frequently asked questions concerning the latest recommendations for the use of cloth masks to prevent community spread of COVID-19.

Q. Who should wear a mask?

A. The CDC recommends that everyone wear cloth masks when they leave home, regardless of whether they have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19. Masks should not be placed on kids younger than age 2, or on people who have difficulty breathing or removing the mask themselves.