So the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have finally updated their mask guidelines and, as you can all probably guess, they are now officially recommending Americans “double mask” in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as concern continues to rise about new and more contagious variants of the virus.
Many experts have already been sounding the alarm about the need to wear more than one mask, which consists of wearing a tight-fitting cloth mask over a surgical one, since the end of January, ever since news of a more contagious strain of the virus ravaging the United Kingdom hit the Internet. This new strain is supposedly 70 percent more transmissible than the first one, especially for young adults.
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In late January, the CDC told the Post that they were suggesting individuals wear “higher quality” masks rather than stack two masks over each other.
“The existence of more-transmissible viruses emphasizes the importance of us upping our game and doing not more of the same but better of the same,” Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the outlet, referring to “higher quality” masks. “Yes, that is confusing to people, but the key is to share what we know when we know it and be frank about what we don’t know.”
Fox News noted Wednesday that the CDC was waiting until there was clear evidence of the benefits of double masking. “The agency had been waiting to see ‘hard data’ before making any adjustments, Dr. John Brooks, the CDC’s chief medical officer of the COVID-19 response, said during an Infectious Diseases Society of America briefing held late last month,” per Fox.
According to the CDC, you can also wear masks with nose wires or use a “mask brace” that is designed to help hold a surgical mask to your face for a much more snug fit against the cheeks and chin.
The one thing missing from all of this is how in the world we’re supposed to breathe with these things on. I guess for the folks at the CDC being able to suck in a lungful of oxygen isn’t all that important, but for us regular folk, we need to breathe.
This is all becoming too much. Well, it was too much to start with, but now we’re getting really, really crazy.