The CDC recommends that everyone 2 years and older wear a cloth face covering that covers their nose and mouth in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies or children younger than 2 because of the danger of suffocation. Children younger than 2 years of age are listed as an exception as well as anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
Wearing cloth face coverings is a public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions.
A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer but may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms.
Medical face masks and N95 respirators are still reserved for healthcare personnel and other first responders.
For more information about face coverings/masks and how to make your own, visit the CDC’s website.
More specifics on face coverings from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services can be found here.