The Centers for Disease Control and PreventionFriday’s confession was that cloth masks were less effective than respirator or surgical masks in protecting against the flu. COVID-19.

The updated guidanceIt reflects the fact that many experts in public health have stressed during the recent spike of cases due to the transmissible variant of the omicron.

“Loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, layered finely woven products offer more protection, well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection,” according to the new guidance issued Friday.

But the CDC didn’t go so far as to say cloth masks are inadequate against this strain of the virus ― something some public health experts sayThis is evident given the rates of transmission. Instead, the new guidance says respirator masks, such as N95 or KN95 masks, “may be considered in certain situations and by certain people when greater protection is needed or desired.” That may include scenarios involving infected patients or people with co-morbidities, or when social distancing is not possible, the CDC said.

It’s a shift from earlier in the pandemic when the CDC, concerned about a scarcity of protective equipment, urged people to spare such respirator masks for health care workers.

The N95 and KN95 masks can filter out at least 95% airborne particles recent data shows they may protect wearers against omicron-infected, unmasked people for up to 2½, compared with just 20 to 30 minutes of protection from cloth or surgical masks.

Sen. Bernie Sanders(I-Vt. ) leads an effort for every American to be sent. three free N95 masksIn light of this data.

“It is an absolute scandal that in the richest country in the history of the world, high-quality masks are not more readily available to frontline workers, health care workers and all Americans,” Sanders said Wednesday when he introduced the Masks for All Act.

Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democratic-Calif., is co-sponsoring House’s version of the bill. He made similar appeals for legislation which would appropriate $5 billionFor domestic production, procurement, and distribution N95 masks.

“If we can afford a $778 billion defense budget, we can afford to send N95 masks to every American to keep people safe as Omicron cases spike,” he wrote in a statement.


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