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President Donald Trump has said he can’t see himself wearing one. Vice President Mike Pence didn’t when he visited the Mayo Clinic.

But generally, when it comes to protecting against the coronavirus, who should wear a face mask?

A widely shared Facebook post appears to offer direction from an authoritative source, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

“Please note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not recommend that people who are healthy wear face masks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19,” says what looks like a partial screenshot from a UPMC webpage. “Face masks should be worn by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.”

This post, published April 27, is offering old advice.

The CDC now recommends nearly everyone wear a face covering when out in public and where social distancing is difficult. Click here to get the facts.

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