Nurses to use bandanas, scarves during face mask shortage: CDC

CDC, Nurses, Homemade masks, COVID 19, PPE, Personal Protective Equipment

When the COVID 19-hit nations are grappling with shortage of masks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated in its revised guidelines that nurses can use bandanas and scarves as a protective gear when caring for COVID-19 patients.

The CDC has stated that nurses can use “homemade masks” as “a last resort”.

However, the guidelines clarified that homemade masks are not considered PPE (personal protective equipment), since their capability to protect healthcare professionals is unknown. “Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face,” it stated.

The medical community has not supported CDC's guidelines on using bandanas and scarves as a protective gear.