The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in April issued guidance for all Americans, urging them to wear cloth face masks in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, state and local governments began requiring residents to wear masks, especially in stores.
When the rapid spread of the disease and new regulations led to a shortage of face masks, both medical-grade and non-medical grade, the free market and civil society stepped up to meet the challenge.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told the Senate’s health committee in March that the Strategic National Stockpile held only about 1% of the N95 and surgical masks needed to protect medical workers against the disease in a domestic pandemic scenario.
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