Some Los Angeles residents have to wear masks in their own homes as cases of COVID-19 rise at an alarming rate, health officials said.
Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer has called on anyone living with someone more vulnerable to the virus to disguise themselves at home, the KABC news station reported.
“Currently, because it is so prevalent, we recommend that people wear face covers while at home. This will add a layer of protection as we go through this leap, “Ferrer told a news conference.
Ferrer said the additional precaution was especially recommended for emergency workers or anyone leaving their homes to fulfill necessary orders.
“We strongly recommend that you keep your face covered if you are a worker who leaves every day or you are actually a person who has to perform the basic tasks in your family,”
The latest guidelines are coming as the county has become one of the most affected regions.
In Los Angeles, about 10 people test an average positive for the virus every minute, KABC reported.
Ferrer said the county was “rapidly increasing its pace to reach the grim stage of 1 million cases”.
“The detrimental impact on our families and local hospitals from this tide is the worst disaster our county has experienced in decades,” she said.