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Attitudes About Masks Are Beginning to Change in the US

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As coronavirus cases continue to rise, a growing number of Americans are opting to cover their noses and mouths with makeshift masks, including bandannas, scarves or other wraps, when venturing into public.

While the science behind whether masks can prevent a person from catching the coronavirus hasn't changed (a mask does not help a healthy person avoid infection), public guidance may be shifting.

On Tuesday, President Trump said Americans could use scarves as makeshift protective masks.

"You can use a scarf. A lot of people have scarves," Trump told reporters during ...