(Hill) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering recommending that Americans wear higher-quality face masks amid the rise in omicrons, a CDC official said. told The Washington Post.
“The agency is currently actively looking to update its recommendations for omicron-based KN95 and N95,” said the official, who asked not to be named. “We know these masks provide better filtering.”
However, because higher quality masks are known to be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time, the CDC will say in the new guidance that if a person can “tolerable wearing a KN95 or N95 mask all day, “according to the post.
The agency was wary of recommending that people wear N95 or KN95 masks at the start of the pandemic due to concerns that doing so would cause a shortage of masks for healthcare workers, according to one outlet. .
Americans will have to be careful about the higher-quality masks they buy, as the CDC has said 60% of KN95 masks in the US are fake, the Post noted.
The updated recommendation comes as the spread of the omicron variant has fueled a new spike in COVID-19 cases, with early studies suggesting the variant is more transmissible and more abundant. more likely to evade vaccine-acquired immunity than previous strains of the virus.
The United States on Tuesday broke its COVID-19 hospitalization record after individual states like New York and Florida recently broke their daily COVID-19 case records.
Hill has reached out to the CDC for comment.
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