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The USA could soon be [encouraged / encouraging] Americans to wear face masks or scarves. There has been a lot of talk about whether [nor / or] not face masks are effective in helping slow [down / along] the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The government is set [to / for] encourage Americans to use homemade face coverings like cloth [mask / masks] , bandanas and scarves. The WHO and other [health / healthy] organisations have recommended that people who are not sick do not [need / needy] to wear masks or cover their face. However, other organisations say face masks can slow the spread [off / of] the virus. They point to countries like Singapore and South Korea, [where / wear] people wear masks and reported infection rates are [lower / lowing] .

Health experts in the USA [belief / believe] that wearing a mask could reduce the risk of people spreading the virus and [give / take] a little protection to those who have not contracted [them / it] . Health officials are worried that if everyone [rushing / rushes] out to buy masks, there may not [be / been] enough for nurses, doctors and other [key / lock] workers. They also say that a mask could make the problem worse because people might feel safe wearing one and [mix / mixture] more with other people. Another thing health experts are worried about is that homemade masks are [sufficient / insufficient] to prevent people from catching the virus. The White House said: "The most important [things / thing] is the social distancing, washing your hands and not [touching / touches] your face."

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