The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidelines concerning wearing a mask on Wednesday. A recent discovery from a lab experiment suggests wearing a surgical mask under a cloth mask can decrease exposure to infectious particles by 95%.
This update was announced by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, during a White House Cornavirus briefing.
It is highly encouraged that every individual wears a mask. The decrease in infection rates is prominent when two people in the same space are protected with a mask than when just one person is.
According to Fox News health reports, it is extremely important to make sure you are wearing your mask in the right way to properly fit your face and make sure its layers allow for respiratory droplets to go in and out.
This new rule of ‘double-masking’ is not advised when it involved two disposable masks or KN95 because they are “not designed to fit tightly and wearing more than one will not improve fit”, as stated by Walensky during the briefing.
The investigation on double-masking effectiveness was propagated by leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci who had been vocal about the advantages of wearing two masks instead of one saying “makes common senses”.
This statement had to be followed up with investigations before any changes or suggestions were released in agreement.
Presently there is a slow decline in the coronavirus cases in the United States, a positive development following vaccination; however, there are still over 1000 Americans lost to the virus daily.
This is why vaccination and covid-19 guidelines are being taken seriously, and updates announced when necessary to fight off this raging pandemic.