This Is the Fake CDC Letter You Need to Stop Believing
Don't fall for this phony document that claims face masks are harmful.
It seems like every day there are new health measures and precautions we need to follow in order to stay safe and slow the spread of COVID-19. While reputable sources such as Anthony Fauci, MD, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are the most important to listen to, some people are using social media and online forums to twist veritable facts and spread disinformation. In fact, there are a handful of coronavirus and face mask misconceptions you should beware of, and one such hoax is a fake CDC letter advising people not to wear face masks.
According to The Daily Beast, a phony bulletin with the official CDC letterhead Photoshopped onto it claims that N95 masks should not be used as protection against COVID-19 and that face masks can actually hurt your health. The latter statement is a myth that's been debunked numerous times by medical experts.
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that the general public wear N95 respirator masks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus (COVID-19)," the doctored document reads.
So this letter making the rounds on social media is not a CDC letter? pic.twitter.com/yZa180yqlJ
— Almighty Binx (@AlmightyBinx) July 15, 2020
The forgery, which was circulating on Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook, is just the latest hoax to make the rounds. Previously, fake exemption cards that excuse an individual from wearing a mask inside stores were being posted online.
A CDC spokesperson told The Daily Beast that the CDC does not issue public statements by paper letters. Instead, "CDC's guidance and recommendations are distributed on the agency's website, officials' social media accounts, and through news media." These sources are updated regularly and have the most accurate information. Don't trust screenshots of documents from any federal agencies as they're unlikely to be real. And for more things you shouldn't fall for, check out the 25 Coronavirus Myths You Need to Stop Believing, According to Doctors.