Facebook to tell users to wear a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

People wearing masks pass the “Real New Yorkers Can Handle It” sign near Union Square amid the coronavirus pandemic on May 16, 2020 in New York City.

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Facebook announced Thursday that it will begin recommending that people cover their faces when they are in public as coronavirus cases in the United States increase.

Both Facebook and Instagram users will see an alert at the top of their feeds encouraging the use of skins and directing users to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for additional information.

Development occurs when Covid-19 cases increase across the country. As of Thursday, more than 2.68 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

That has led regulators in 21 states and Washington, DC, to require people to wear masks, although regulations vary from state to state. Numerous health experts have said that the masks could save lives by helping to prevent the spread of the virus.

It is the latest move by Facebook to use its platform to try to curb the spread of Covid-19. After the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global health emergency in January, Facebook began removing misinformation about the outbreak from its platforms. In April, the company began warning users if they had liked, reacted, or commented on harmful coronavirus posts that the company found to be misinformation and had been removed.

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