Surgeon general releases video demonstrating how to make face masks

(CNN) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending the voluntary use of face coverings when in public.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams shared a video showing how it can be done with items from around the house, like scarves, hand towels or even an old T-shirt. (Source: CDC/CNN)

However, health officials stress they don't want people rushing to get medical or surgical masks. Instead, one option is to make your own.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams shared a video showing how it can be done with items from around the house, like scarves, hand towels or even an old t-shirt.

Adams says the face coverings should be worn in public places like supermarkets where social distancing can be difficult to follow and not as a substitute for social distancing.

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