The surgeon general of the United States has taken to Twitter with his request.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams is pleading with the public to STOP buying masks, as they will NOT prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Saturday, he tweeted:

Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!
The most effective way to make sure that the deadly virus does NOT spread is to wash your hands frequently and to NOT touch your face.
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