If you wear a mask, you're protecting yourself as well as others from COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update on Tuesday.
Why it matters: "Adopting universal masking policies can help avert future lockdowns, especially if combined with other non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing, hand hygiene, and adequate ventilation," per the CDC.
- It is the strongest message yet on the importance of wearing face coverings to protect against the coronavirus.
The big picture: COVID-19 cases are surging across the U.S., which surpassed 10 million confirmed infections on Monday.
- The U.S. hit a record-high 130,989 new cases on Tuesday, while the number of people in hospitals across the country with the virus reached a peak of 61,964.