The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that all people use cloth face coverings when out in public.
Lawrence is in the process of procuring cloth coverings for students and workers who remain on campus. In the meantime, people are encouraged to make their own out of scarves, bandanas, T-shirts, or other cloth materials.
The CDC provides answers here to frequently asked questions about cloth masks and why it is now recommending they be used as the rate of community spread increases: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-faq.html
Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams demonstrates here how you can make your own face covering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI1GxNjAjlw
The CDC notes that surgical masks are in short supply and should be reserved for health care workers or other medical first responders. Cloth face coverings are a next best option.
“In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms,” the CDC reports on its web site.
Please note that the face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.