The World Health Organization has warned of a global "chronic shortage" of equipment that could shield individuals from coronavirus — like masks and gloves.
Following this news, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reminded people that most of them don't need to be wearing masks.
"A lot of people are wearing masks that don't need them," he told CNN. "A lot of people feel that they need to be wearing masks, even though, unless you're right in the middle of a situation where's a lot of people coughing and sneezing — that really we don't recommend routinely, that people wear masks."
He noted that health care workers — especially those treating patients in China — are the ones who need the equipment.
"The situation of a health care provider needing personal protective equipment is another more serious issue than masks for everybody," he said.
Health officials have urged people in the US to take the usual precautions they would during cold and flu season. That includes washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If you're the one feeling sick, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch.