On Wednesday, CDC announced new guidelines on wearing well-fitting or two masks at a time to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Apparently, wearing a single mask may not be sufficient, suggesting that people should wear two at a time. The guideline follows a CDC’s new research, which included several masks in a lab setting and found out that a combination of cloth mask and surgical mask could reduce the virus spread and exposure.
CDC advised the Americans to use masks with a nose wire for a snug fit adjustment and more sealed. The center also recommends using masks with multiple layers for added protection.
However, the CDC clarified it doesn’t recommend the use of two disposable masks at a time. It also said KN95 and N95 masks don’t need additional layers.
“I want to be clear that these new scientific data released today do not change the specific recommendations about who should wear a mask or when they should wear one. But they do provide new information on why wearing a well-fitting mask is so important,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky at a White House COVID-19 briefing.
Brown University School of Public Health Dean, Dr. Ashish Jha, told CBS News that double-masks provide extra protection in high-risk conditions.
“You don’t need to wear two masks at all times,” Jha clarified. “When you’re out and about in public, if you’re not around in crowds, any mask — one mask — is totally fine.”
The dean said that using two masks is only when you need to be in the grocery for an extended period or indoor with people not part of the household.
The double-mask mandate came amid the news on new variants of the virus rapidly spreading across the country.
Meanwhile, New York Magazine published an article tackling the possibility of how the coronavirus spread like wildfire. The theory, which the mainstream media has since latched on, talked about an accident in a laboratory. COVID-19 existed in a bat and was caught by people in a mine shaft. The virus was then made more infectious in few laboratories in a scientist’s attempt to create a broad-spectrum vaccine.
The magazine talked about the hypothesis of infecting other creatures from the bat’s coronavirus. It also discussed how SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) broke out from bats and camels.
For ages, the man searched for ways on how to cure diseases and prevent a pandemic. Yet, the article imposes a burgeoning question, What if?