Omicron's protection needs to be upgraded, the United States considers recommending people to wear N95 masks
Time:Jan 25, 2022
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering updating its mask guidelines, recommending that people wear N95 or KN95 masks with better protection, according to media reports citing anonymous officials.

The highly contagious Coronal strain has led to a surge in new coronavirus pneumonia infections and hospitalizations in the United States, and medical experts have repeatedly urged the Biden administration to recommend better-quality masks instead of ordinary cloth masks, emphasizing the importance of wearing masks. importance.

The official revealed that given the rigors of Omekron, the updated mask guidelines would recommend that people should wear a KN95 or N95 mask if they can tolerate it all day.

When the CDC issued its initial mask guidance in 2020, health officials did not recommend that the general public wear more protective masks, such as N95s, because they feared that health workers who needed more protection might not get enough N95s. However, there is no longer a severe shortage of N95 masks.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, who has previously declined to recommend N95 masks in official guidelines, said in an interview last month that if people wanted extra protection, KN95s or N95s could provide them, but wearing those masks often made people feel uncomfortable. Comfortable.

Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said the idea of trying to reserve N95s for health care workers is completely outdated.

Julia Raifman, an assistant professor at Boston University's School of Public Health, said that Omicron is very easily transmitted through the air, and ensuring that people infected with the new coronavirus pneumonia and those around them wear high-quality masks is the most effective way to reduce the spread of the virus.

Raifman also said that other countries, such as Japan and South Korea, have taken more steps to ensure that masks are widely available, so the U.S. government should not only recommend high-quality masks, but also make them available everywhere in the workplace.

Last week, after a series of breakthrough infections among vaccinated workers and members of the U.S. Congress, Congress began giving workers KN95 masks, which they had previously been given common medical masks.

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