The CDC has officially updated its mask guidelines. Here are what types are now recommended

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On Friday, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask information for the American public, including noting that certain types of masks and respirators offer more protection against the coronavirus than others and offering advice on what consumers should look for when buying them. “Masking is an essential public health tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it’s important to remember that any mask is better than no mask,” the CDC said in a statement. The updated guidelines recommend Americans wear the most protective clothing. mask or respirator that they can find fits well and will wear consistently. “Some masks and respirators provide higher levels of protection than others, and some may be more difficult to tolerate or wear consistently than others,” the new guidelines state. “It is very important to wear a properly fitted mask or respirator that is comfortable for you and provides good protection.” The information was last updated in October. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that the agency plans to update the information to reflect the options available to people and the levels of protection that different masks provide. more protection, tight-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and tight-fitting (National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety) respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection,” says the CDC. The update guidelines note that “a highly protective mask or respirator may be most important for certain high-risk situations, or for certain people at increased risk of severe disease.” This includes: When you are caring for someone with COVID-19 When you are on an airplane or on public transport, especially for a long time Everyone is masked When you are not up to date on the COVID-19 vaccines If you have a risk factor for serious illness such as a weakened immune system or a certain medical condition When you are in a crowded public place, indoors or outdoors Masks still are not recommended for children under 2 years, but the CDC “recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of their immunization status or area transmission rates.” The updated guidelines offer tips for getting a better fit and more protection, such as: Wear two masks (a cloth mask over a disposable mask). Combine a cloth or disposable mask with an adjuster or splint. Tie and tuck the fabric mask ear loops where they meet. the edge of the mask Fold and tuck the extra material on disposable masks under the edges. Use masks that secure behind the head and neck with elastic bands or ties (rather than ear loops). The CDC says consumers looking for masks that meet quality standards can look for certain labels. such as “meets ASTM F3502” or “meets workplace performance”, and they can check a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health website for more information on the individual protection equipment. The agency also says some respirators do not meet international standards and has links to sites for more details. Specially labeled “surgical” N95s “should be reserved for use by healthcare personnel,” the CDC says. “These updates to our webpage reflect the science on masking, including what we have learned over the past two years,” the agency said in the statement. “We will continue to share the science of masking as it becomes available.”

On Friday, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask information for the American public, including noting that certain types of masks and respirators offer more protection against the coronavirus than others and offering advice on what consumers should look for when buying them.

“Masking is an essential public health tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it’s important to remember that any mask is better than no mask,” the CDC said in a statement.

The updated guidelines recommend that Americans wear the most protective mask or respirator they can find that fits well and that they will wear consistently.

“Some masks and respirators provide higher levels of protection than others, and some may be more difficult to tolerate or wear consistently than others,” the new guidelines state. “It is very important to wear a properly fitted mask or respirator that is comfortable for you and provides good protection.”

The information was last updated in October. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that the agency plans to update the information to reflect the options available to people and the levels of protection provided by different masks.

“Loosely woven fabric products offer the least protection, thinly woven layered products offer more protection, tight-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and respirators approved by the National Institute for occupational health and safety (including N95s) provides the highest level of protection,” the CDC states.

The updated guidelines note that “a highly protective mask or respirator may be most important for some high-risk situations, or for some people at increased risk of serious illness.” This includes:

  • When caring for someone with COVID-19
  • When you are on an airplane or public transport, especially for a long time
  • When working in a position where you come into contact with many people, especially when not everyone is masked
  • When you’re not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines
  • If you have a risk factor for serious illness such as a weakened immune system or a certain medical condition
  • When you are in a crowded public place, indoors or outdoors

Masks are still not recommended for children under 2, but the CDC “recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of immunization status. or the region’s transmission rates”.

The updated guidelines offer tips for getting a better fit and more protection, such as:

  • Wear two masks (one cloth mask over one disposable).
  • Combine a cloth or disposable mask with an adjuster or splint.
  • Tie and tuck the ear loops of the cloth masks where they meet the edge of the mask.
  • Fold and slide the extra material on the disposable masks under the edges.
  • Use masks that tie behind the head and neck with elastic bands or ties (rather than ear loops).

The CDC says consumers looking for masks that meet quality standards can look for certain labels such as “meets ASTM F3502” or “meets workplace performance,” and they can go to the site. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health website for more information on personal protection. equipment.

The agency also says some respirators do not meet international standards and has links to sites for more details.

Specially labeled “surgical” N95s “should be reserved for use by healthcare personnel,” the CDC says.

“These updates to our webpage reflect the science on masking, including what we have learned over the past two years,” the agency said in the statement. “We will continue to share the science of masking as it becomes available.”

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