Etsy sellers have sold hundreds of thousands of fabric face masks in the past few days, and demand is likely to exceed supply soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have changed their guidelines for wearing such masks in the world Publicity.
"We hope that by increasing the availability of non-medical fabric face masks from Etsy vendors, more medical and surgical masks can reach the people who need them most: healthcare workers at the forefront," said Josh Silverman, CEO of Etsy said in a statement on Friday.
While Silverman encouraged vendors to consider making the masks, a number of vendor guidelines emphasize that medical claims about the masks are against the rules and that the vendors do not use the words "coronavirus" to use "Or" COVID-1
" Do not use this language anywhere in your listing, including in the title, description, tags, or listing photos, "Etsy wrote in a post in "Medical records can be marked by buyers and removed from the website. Shops where items have been repeatedly removed could be suspended."
The CDC released new guidelines on Friday that recommended that people in the US, wear self-made face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the US genes Surgeon Jerome Adams said during a press conference at the White House that the agency advised people "to use simple fabrics to help people who have the virus and don't know it won't spread to others."
The most effective masks for filtering out droplets in the air that can transmit the virus are the N95 respirators that are used by healthcare providers and are very scarce. The cloth masks can reduce the amount of particles that are spread by the people who wear them. However, they are not intended to replace the N95 masks. Some experts suggest that wearing a fabric mask is better than nothing. "If you put something in front of your face, it will do more than just help," said virologist Julian Tang to Wired .
And even if you wear a mask, the CDC still recommends doing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, which means staying publicly one meter away from others.