Home » City Council, Community » Use Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Use Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Sedona AZCDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings 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.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, children under the age of two should not wear face masks as they may pose a suffocation risk. Visit the CDC website for more information.

How to Make Your own Face Covering
This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spread, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.


  1. Total BS says:

    There’s plenty of info available on why masks don’t work, but make sure you get one of the ones made in India if you decide to wear one. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–pwI4E9tsk

  2. Children Under 2 Should NOT Wear Masks says:

    Children under the age of 2 should NOT wear masks. For complete information and guidelines, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

  3. Wash HANDS and FACES says:

    The virus was spreading.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19
    CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.

    Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)

    Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice. Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

  4. Susan Ferguson, Flagstaff AZ says:

    WHO said China wasn’t spreading the virus person to person. WHO also said the virus wasn’t spreadable in the beginning and slammed the US for restricting travel saying it caused developing nations hardship and it was racist. WTF. China’s developing and spreading this virus did a hell of a lot of killing and suffering than a few airlines or closing global borders!!!! WTF Americans are simple cows with simple minds. Excuse me if I prefer to throw a piece of cloth over my nose and mouth when face to face with others, let’s err on the side of super caution that might keep you from catching a cold if not the coronavirus for a couple of months.

  5. Richard, Camp Verde says:

    hey @bs saw this on comment section, crazy truth might be this

    The only war zones are at the grocery store, filled with people freaking out. Jason Centers

  6. Jeanne says:

    They’re telling us no more handshaking. How about Eskimo nose greetings? How about fist bumps? How about hugs? Kissing? How about we learn to wash our hands and not pick our noses or scratch our crotches and butts? How about we learn to wash our hands after taking a (deleted by editor)? We never had pandemics until countries started manufacturing them and people moved helter skelter around the globe. People need to stop tourists traveling without limits on where they go.

  7. Sharmaine says:

    Scarves and bandannas do work. Take a flashlight and shine it through. That’s how air and viruses get in past it.

    Now take a piece of flannel or felt or even a cheap mask and tape it or staple it to the inside of your homemade one. Shine flashlight again and less light means you’ve done better job. Practice social distancing.

  8. @ Sharmaine says:

    Masks do not protect the wearer. Medical masks are ineffective against viruses, and cloth masks provide breeding grounds for them. A 2015 study in the British Medical Journal found that healthcare workers caught viruses from their patients 13 times more often if they wore a cloth mask than if they wore a medical mask, and a Chinese study found that a medical mask was no more protective against viruses than wearing no mask at all.

    The World Health Organization warns that wearing a medical mask “may create a false sense of security” against COVID-19 and that “no evidence is available on its usefulness to protect non-sick persons.”

    The N95 respirator, recommended for medical workers, requires training to use properly and “without training, the masks could not only expose workers to the virus but also lull them into thinking they are protected,” according to doctors at the Harvard School of Public Health. In practice, even the N95 mask has been found to be ineffective in preventing the transmission of viruses. A review of six clinical studies, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that medical workers caught viruses from their patients just as often when they used N95 respirators as when they used ordinary medical masks.

    Masks are harmful to the wearer. COVID-19 kills by causing severe hypoxia (low levels of oxygen in the blood). People wearing masks rebreathe some of their exhaled air, lowering the amount of oxygen they are breathing. “Wearing respirators come[s] with a host of physiological and psychological burdens. These can interfere with task performances and reduce work efficiency. These burdens can even be severe enough to cause life-threatening conditions if not ameliorated,” wrote the author of a 2016 article in the Journal of Biological Engineering. When the N95 respirator was tested in use in 2010, the “dead-space oxygen and carbon dioxide levels did not meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s ambient workplace standards.”

    But by all means, please do the world a favor. Distance yourself socially and do not breed.

  9. Mary C says:

    Politicians acted rashly for fear of their political futures. They will find that they made the wrong choice. The damage Mayor Sandy did to Sedona by cancelling all the spring revenue was far worse than any virus could have caused.

    She joined the city management junior Hitlers by becoming tin pot dictators. Shut all your businesses down, stay at home, you are under house arrest. I’m sure glad we have a city to tell us prisoners and tax slaves what we can do.

  10. Mike Campbell says:

    The part I love the most is ordering Sedona businesses shut down, while 110 city staff “works remotely” and collects full pay. You don’t have to wonder who works for whom.

  11. Sharmaine says:

    Okay whatever ever. Michigan Gov. Whitmer cancels all elective surgeries like heart stents but keeps abortions available. You probably like her because she has no regard for life either but she does love power over other lives.

  12. @Sharmire says:

    Wow thanks Shar… your a Genius.. how stupid to listen to medical experts. Your so smart I’ll listen you ..

  13. @@Sharmire says:

    Before you comment, learn the difference between your and you’re.

    A bad attitude, rude and ignorant is no way to go through life. Then again, if you are a government employee, you probably wrongly think it’s OK and you are smarter than everyone else.

    Hope this helps.

  14. @@@sharmire says:

    You got that wrong you think you’re smarter than everybody else you’re just a hateful moron

  15. @Mary C says:

    How is what Mayor Sandy did any different than what the governor did just a few days later? You sound like a jealous person.

  16. John & Sarah says:

    Welcome back, Sedona Eye! We were afraid you might have been bitten by a new version of a virus: The Sedona Anti-Resident Bug.

    My wife and I ventured to drive through uptown Sedona just to find out what the heck is going on there after major construction for months on end. Well – talk about another Sedona “comedy of errors” (our opinion). There are NO words to describe the mess – cluttered decorative? median – only the beginning.

    Good luck to tourists being able to figure it out! OMG.


    To citizens wearing medical masks: you’re whacko conspiracy theorists

    By Jon Rappoport

    Mask wearers of the world, take them off—you have nothing to lose but your insanity…

    Journal of the American Medical Association, April 17, 2020, “Masks and Coronavirus Disease”: “Unless you are sick, a health care worker, or caring for someone who has COVID-19, medical masks (including surgical face masks and N95s) are not recommended.”

    At Children’s Health Defense, JB Handley has written an excellent article, “LOCKDOWN LUNACY: The Thinking Person’s Guide.” Here are two highlights from his section on masks:

    “May 29, the World Health Organization announced that masks should only be worn by healthy people if they are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19:”

    “‘If you do not have any respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose, you do not need to wear a mask,’ Dr. April Baller, a public health specialist for the WHO, says in a video on the world health body’s website posted in March. ‘Masks should only be used by healthcare workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough’.”

    “…I often see this study from 2015 in the BMJ cited: ‘A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers’, and it bears repeating, since MOST of the masks I see people wearing in the community right now are cloth masks. Not only are these masks 100% ineffective at reducing the spread of COVID-19, but they can actually harm you. As the researchers explain:”

    “‘This study is the first RCT of cloth masks, and the results caution against the use of cloth masks. This is an important finding to inform occupational health and safety. Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection…'”

    Of course, I understand that when people are conspiracy whackos wearing their masks, they don’t respond well to facts, even when those facts come from the very organizations they believe in with religious fervor.

    Here is something else from the Washington State Nurses Association: “Reprocessing masks using toxic chemicals is not a solution”:

    “Nurses are reporting that respirators and face masks at WSNA represented Providence facilities are being collected for reprocessing using ethylene oxide to decontaminate. The EPA has concluded that ethylene oxide is carcinogenic to humans and that exposure to ethylene oxide increases the risk of lymphoid cancer and, for females, breast cancer.”

    “WSNA sent a cease and desist demand to Providence facilities where our members work, demanding an immediate halt to the reusing of any face masks, including N 95 and other respirators, that have been decontaminated by the ethylene oxide cleaning process. In addition, WSNA is preparing complaints to be filed with the Washington State Department of Occupational Safety and Health, highlighting this workplace hazard.”

    “WSNA believes that the reuse of face masks or respirators cleaned with ethylene oxide violates the employer’s legal duty to ensure that nurses and other health care workers are afforded a safe and healthful working environment. While hospitals have long used ethylene oxide to clean certain surgical equipment, it should not be used to decontaminate face masks or respirators, through which nurses and other health care workers must breathe for many hours at a time.”

    “…The CDC warns that ethylene oxide is carcinogenic and teratogenic, and that ‘inhalation of ethylene oxide has been linked to neurologic dysfunction and may cause other harmful effects to the wearer’.”

    “Prolonged exposure to ethylene oxide can hurt eyes and LUNGS, harm the brain and nervous system, and potentially cause lymphomas, leukemia, and breast cancer. This extremely hazardous toxic chemical poses a severe risk to human health.” [CAPS are mine.]

    Is the use of toxic ethylene oxide to treat masks widespread? According to the Chicago Tribune, way back in March, Medline Industries was reprocessing 100,000 medical masks a day. They applied to the FDA for permission to use ethylene oxide. But wasn’t the horse already out of the barn? Weren’t they already using the chemical? I’ve queried Medline to find out whether the FDA has approved their application.

    And finally, I have a lone report about a person from the region of Piedmont, Italy, who checked out his medical mask, which he’d received in the mail from the Department of Civil Protection. He discovered it contained zinc pyrithione.

    If true, this is ominous. Consulting a simple safety data sheet on the chemical, from Cayman Chemical, I found a succinct statement: “Toxic if inhaled.”

    But of course, medical masks must be worn. The lockdown authorities tell us so. They know. They must know because, well, they’re on television.

    Keep breathing through that mask. It’s “safe and effective.”


    * chicagotribune[dot]com/news/environment/ct-trump-medline-masks-ethlyene-oxide-cancer-20200429-vyutifcyhvekljpn4rqxkpcl3i-story.html

    * jamanetwork[dot]com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2764955

    * childrenshealthdefense[dot]org/news/lockdown-lunacy-the-thinking-persons-guide/

    * wsna[dot]org/union/kadlec-medical-center/update/reprocessing-mask-using-toxic-chemicals-is-not-a-solution

    * caymanchem[dot]com/msdss/29154m.pdf

  18. Richard Saunders says:

    Yea take off masks silly sheep.. perhaps that why the conoravirus rates are going since regulations have loosened up in AZ. Yes don’t listen to med experts… Listen to this moronic anonymous poster on Sedona Eye It’s a government conspiracy duh!!

  19. Rational and Sad says:

    First, welcome back, Sedona Eye. This is the only voice we have to counter the poorly-conceptualized ideas and outright greed exhibited by Sedona city government in its never-ending quest for more tourist dollars to benefit the Lodging Council.

    I see some rants on this page about wearing masks, containing misinformation or poorly-sourced comments or comments taken out of context (for example conflating surgical mask data against the benefits of the public wearing masks and failure to understand that the WHO has a very different mission and constituency than just the U.S.).

    A wise person will take every precaution they can to avoid becoming infected with the coronavirus. There is much we do not know about this virus and there is beginning to emerge among scientists an opinion that Covid-19 is not so much a respiratory disease as it is a vascular disease. The implications of this are profound and one very real concern among medical experts is that even a “mild” case of Covid-19 from which one recovers might have implications for health 10, 15 or 20 years down the road as micro damage to blood vessels over time results in heart and kidney damage, more dementia, strokes and other serious problems linked to vascular damage. There is also real concern that there might be long-term consequences for children who recover from the disease for this same reason.

    In the past 10-15 years, the medical community has come to understand that many types of cancers are the result of viral infections. HPV for cervical, throat and other cancers, and Hepatitis C for liver cancer, come to mind. We have also become aware of the severe health impacts caused by long term damage to blood vessels, including heart attacks, dementia, kidney failure, strokes. The list goes on and on.

    Even people who acquire Covid-19 but don’t show symptoms may, over time, sustain serious damage to their health because of activity of the virus in their bodies, or damage to their blood vessels, that is invisible right now.

    We just don’t know enough about this virus and its possible long-term effects. This virus doesn’t know and doesn’t care about anybody’s politics. And anybody who doesn’t take every possible precaution to protect themselves as we all try to get back to normal is very foolish indeed.

  20. @ Mr Research says:

    I guess that settles it. If an “official” said it, then it’s official. After all, government “officials” always get it right and never lie or are corrupted or just plain too stupid to get a real job. What a relief!

  21. Mr Research says:

    well your point leaves us with no one to trust…unless you are offering yourself as our guide to truth now. I won’t be following you…

  22. @ Mr Research says:

    Right, if you cannot research or think for yourself you are lost. Best to just keep watching TV and do what the “officials” tell you.

  23. Masks says:

    Where are all the super smart proponents of taking your mask off now Arizona!!
    Conspiracy theorist wrong on every issue you Selfish selfish morons .Brainless sheeps

  24. @Masks says:

    You are the submissive sheep, @Masks. Good job following orders! Those of us who can still think (because we are still getting enough oxygen, among other reasons) can be seen anywhere and everywhere without masks on. If your eyes were not completely closed you’d see us.

  25. Fools Mask says:

    The virus is smaller than even the N95 mask can filter. It is ridiculously smaller than some homemade cotton mask can filter. Masks are not worn medically correctly and actually concentrate any virus so you get a bigger virus load.

    If you wear a mask, you are a fool.

  26. @fools mask says:

    Also @@masks

    Your comments are so stupid and unintelligent that I don’t even need to reply.
    Good luck Arizona with the coronavirus with With morons like the above your gonna need it.

  27. @@fools mask says:

    “I don’t even need to reply”. Let’s examine that statement, then why did you reply?

    I think more likely you prefer to just blindly follow like a sheep and not do investigation as to facts. I could cite references, but I’ll let you do your own research. You won’t of course. Your tiny sheep mind is already made up.

    One thing I would suggest in the future is avoid the mass showers. It did not work out too well fro the victims of the Nazi’s.

    Why are there no menu’s at the Karma restaurant? You get what you deserve.

  28. Tony Tonsich says:

    I for one will keep my face uncovered, as I am a free man and masks are proven to be scientifically ineffective for corona.

    I will keep my face uncovered, so I may speak freely and smile at my fellow man.

    I will not bow to a petty dictator ‘s decree, that was made without debate or a vote of any assembly.

    I am a free man. I do not follow the decrees of fools.

    Are you free?

  29. Masked slaves says:

    “To better understand the symbolism of wearing the mask, try typing the word ‘censorship’ into Google Images and see what kind of illustration predominantly comes up.”
    These unconscious associations are extremely strong. Gags are a symbol of subservience and domination; they are deeply humiliating (and indeed they are popular in BDSM sexual bondage practices).

  30. Association of American Physicians and Surgeons says:

    Masks don ‘t work. https://aapsonline.org/mask-facts/

  31. @@foolsmask says:

    @fools mask says:
    July 11, 2020 at 11:35 am
    Also @@masks
    Your comments are so stupid and unintelligent that I don’t even need to reply.
    Good luck Arizona with the coronavirus with With morons like the above your gonna need it.

    Need I point out, you did reply…

    I do need to point out that “your” should be “you’re”.

    Next time, try harder to get your point across. Lol

  32. Mr Research says:

    And to think I occasionally thought you might have been good on the city council after you lost. Now I am happy to let that thought go. Your free alright, just not the way you think. In a world of selfish leaders at most levels of power, you get selfishness in the society they influence. Not wearing a mask is selfish as you believe your pov is superior to others and are willing to risk others (and your own – dont care about that actually, get as sick as you deserve) health to prove your right, which your are not. Failure of logic skills.

  33. Simone Gold says:

    The Covid virus was supposed to be contained in the kind of lab where people wear astronaut suits and go through triple sealed doors. It is a con of massive proportion to assert that now, having escaped those environs, a bandana will magically do the trick.
    After all, size matters.

    The pore size of cloth face coverings range from ~ 20-100 microns. The Covid virus is 200-1000x smaller than that, at 0.1 microns. Putting up a chain link fence will not keep out a mosquito. Even the most esteemed medical journals admit their purpose is to calm anxiety. “Expanded masking protocols’ greatest contribution may be to reduce the transmission of anxiety …”

  34. Jill says:

    @simone it’s equally unrealistic and self delusional to say that china didn’t cause this for your same point; that’s not being anti asian, it’s being anti stupidity

  35. Joya-Juanita Gomez Lopez says:

    Please will all of you go to Whole Foods and Safeway and Clark’s and buy all their GOYA brand foods produced by a Hispanic company and donate to a needy family or food bank or church or Government collection site. Or enjoy yourselves. Do it today. We need it. We need your help to keep food in the hands of our Hispanic and Latino population. gracias amigos and amigas and God Bless You All. Don’t let non Hispanics and non Latinos say what we can eat.

  36. Dr Simone Gold says:

    Not wearing a mask is not mere “personal choice” like deciding between a head covering or a t-shirt. It is a flashpoint for being a free human being who has consented to be governed but has not consented to be ruled. We do not consent to a masked America, because that is a fundamental change in American society, culture, norms, and rights.
    People who are apathetic toward their own liberty cannot eliminate Constitutional rights for those who are not. This is not the first (or last) time that people who believe in superstition are screaming the loudest. The Constitution exists precisely to protect all people during times of mass hysteria.
    The mask has become the most visible symbol of #socialconditioning to Americans determined to preserve individual freedom. Thus far most Americans have continued to give their consent to be governed. But you are trying our patience.

  37. Paul says:

    Wear it or not? We don’t care. Live and let mice or die.

  38. Dave, VOC says:

    China caused this and this is the new way to wage war. You people in Sedona we deserve communism because you are ignorant and cowards and believe if it doesn’t affect you than it doesn’t matter. Really? You’ll be taken out with one good infection.

  39. Richard Saunders says:

    @Tony T
    You say “you do not follow the decree of fools “
    Voters in Sedona felt the same way… that why you lost by such a high margin. LOL

    Btw. We are all free men .:.too bad your mind Is not. (Deleted by editor)

  40. Slave Mask says:

    The point is , masks don’t work. You are just showing your submission to authority and sheep like behavior.


    Next they will have you wearing a pointy hat.

  41. Marcella Ruch says:

    Keep getting same email asking me to choose Biden running mate but they all are duds like biden who obviously has DEMENTIA. My mom had it and I know it when I see and hear it. Not one of his so called VP candidates I see on the option lists are qualified.

  42. Awful people says:

    If you wear a mask because you genuinely think it’s a sign of empathy with the afflicted and that it somehow in a magical way helps coronavirus victims, you’re just awful.

    If you wear a face mask because you’re incapable of reading the scientific data for yourself, you’re just awful.

    If you wear a face mask because you live in constant fear of a virus you probably won’t even notice you have, you’re just awful.

    If you cover your face just because the government tells you to, there’s apparently no limit to your slave-like servility and you’re just awful.

  43. Sheeple says:

    Even though the CDC said face masks will not stop the virus originally. Even though medical data show masks don’t stop viruses. Even though there is no standard for the masks the sheeple are wearing, some only a cotton bandana which might be less than worthless as it won’t stop most viruses but may concentrate germs.

    All you Karens and Pod People, both male, female and Non-binary insist everyone follow the other sheep.

    Ve hav a very nice camp vhere you comrades will be very safe and productive. Ve hav weekly showers, and zen ve compost. We compost you.

    Your hero Lenin used to call them useful idiots.

    You will be useful as compost, right?

  44. Richard Saunders says:

    So funny…
    All the medical experts agree that social distancing and wearing a mask slow the spread of COVID 19. Even pence and trump have seen the light since all the republican red states see a dramatic increase . So go on selfish closed minded frightened “free people” who are really scared little sheep afraid to do the right thing to protect others including if you family members.(Deleted by editor)

    Of course their are people who have legitimate medical conditions for not wearing a mask God bless them with the rest who are afraid it’s a government conspiracy to program you to wear a mask and take away your freedom you’re moron you are morons and you will continue to be morons as you post your fake medical information about how masks work and other fake news that you put out there just do the right thing(you’ve been stuck in ypu head and little scared selfish minds So long hope you don’t give Arizona don’t give anybody the coronavirusWhere are your mask and social distance it’s not gonna go on forever another month or So selfish stupid and idiotic and Making fake nonsense up you people are crazy Your the one that are unfree and really just insane

  45. @sheepie says:

    Not sure why you keep on lying about what the cdc says about masks!?


    You must know that you are an extremely SELfISH individual and need to be dishonest to others to try to provide “backup” for all you Self-aggrandizing beyond SELFISH behavior and Attitude.

    I actually feel sorry for you must be really discontent with yourself and your life that’s why you must find fault in everything.

Leave a Reply

Copyright © 2008-2017 · Sedona Eye · All Rights Reserved · Posts · Comments · Facebook · Twitter ·