Cloth Face Masks; Coronavirus Recovery; Grocery Stores

Apr 1, 2020

On Wednesday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we discussed possible new CDC recommendations regarding face masks.

Officials at the CDC are considering updating their official recommendation, and advise Americans to wear a cloth mask or some sort of facial covering while in public.

While the general public should not purchase medical masks, as they are already in short supply for health-care workers, a variety of do-it-yourself masks could help reduce the spread of infection.

Infectious Disease Specialist with Baptist Health, Dr. Mobeen Rathore and local fashion designer and retailer, Bobby K. joined us to discuss cloth masks

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage 

COVID-19 Recovery 


Dr. Paula Horvath, retired University of North Florida instructor and journalist, shared her story of recovery from the coronavirus. While she is over 65 and has multiple risk factors, after self-isolating for two weeks she is now on the mend. Horvath offered tips to handle isolation as well as encouragement for those who are infected.


Grocery Stores


Policies are being updated in grocery stores to help protect staff and customers from the spread of coronavirus. Mike Mendenhall of the Jacksonville Daily Record joined us to discuss these changes. 




Since the spread of COVID-19, the local app Relevnt has been providing a platform for people to communicate through the crisis. Founder Winder Hughs joined with more details. 


Sarah Glenn can be reached at, 904-358-6317