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Health experts encourage face coverings as cases soar

Health experts advise that if social distancing is not possible, that people wear a face mask in public.
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Health experts encourage us to wear our masks in public as positive cases of the virus soar in the Tennessee Valley.

As of now, face coverings have not been mandated in Madison County, and other counties in North Alabama.

So far, Jefferson County has enforced face coverings. However, health experts have urged the public to wear masks especially if social distancing is not possible.

"The trick is if you cannot maintain that physical distance, you better put a mask on. And the idea from it is because if you are sick and you get to be in close contact for a good period of time, you can transmit it to others. And the same goes to the other person who would be talking to you," says Huntsville Hospital Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Ali Hassoun.

The CDC recommends people to wash cloth face coverings after each use.

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