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COVID-19 doctors running out of masks? Try a bandanna, the CDC says

COVID-19 doctors running out of masks? Try a bandanna, the CDC says

A doctor wears a face mask as a precautionary measure against the spread of the new coronavirus as she waits for patients. <span class="copyright">(Inti Ocon / AFP/Getty Images)</span>
A doctor wears a face mask as a precautionary measure against the spread of the new coronavirus as she waits for patients. (Inti Ocon / AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new advice for medical workers desperate for protective gear against COVID-19: Try a bandanna for protection.

The agency, scrambling to advise healthcare workers faced with severe shortages of gear, also recommends that another “last resort” solution could be a scarf.

“Caution should be exercised,” the CDC warns about matching up a house cloth against the new coronavirus. “Their capability to protect [medical workers] is unknown.”

It’s the latest tip from an increasingly beleaguered agency that continues to loosen safety guidelines, even as coronavirus infections rise.

“It’s all incredibly disturbing to me. I’ve just been shocked at the CDC’s fall-down,” said Beth Hasenauer, a former pediatric oncology nurse in Monrovia, Calif., who plans to sew

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