The Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Defense have issued guidance concerning wearing cloth facemasks while in public.
The CDC is urging people to wear them in public settings like grocery stores and pharmacies, while the DOD is saying to wear them wherever proper social distancing practices cannot be maintained.
Garrison Commander Col. Kelsey Smith weighed in during Thursday’s town hall.
“It doesn’t require everyone to wear the mask at all times – or to wear a cloth covering at all times – what it requires or encourages, is it encourages the use of a mask when an individual cannot maintain six feet of social distancing,” he said. “We are encouraging everyone who can’t maintain that social distance to have a cloth face covering, I have one in my pocket every day. And when I come in contact or can’t maintain that social distance, I put it on. I encourage you to do the same thing.”
The CDC says using these masks in public will help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Since the guidance came out, many at Redstone have fashioned their own masks. Take a look at the gallery to see some of their creations.
While the CDC recommends a number of ways to make a cloth facemask, the simplest way is to take an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors and cut one out.
You start by cutting the shirt about 7-8 inches from the bottom; then leaving a margin of about an inch, you cut out about 6-7 inches of the middle, starting from the right-hand side of the shirt. This leaves you with a large face covering and two thinner bands that can fit around your head.
As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to provide protection to Soldiers, the Army is allowing Soldiers to temporarily wear masks.
The Department of the Army asks that all leaders and Soldiers use good judgment. Leaders will support any Soldier who wants to wear a mask indoors or outdoors while in uniform. Leaders must use their best judgment when it comes to color, fit and design of facemasks and approach this as a force protection issue.