With The New Coronavirus Variants, You Must Wear At Least Two Masks

Dhir Acharya - Feb 15, 2021


With The New Coronavirus Variants, You Must Wear At Least Two Masks

Wearing an extra layer over the mask with a cloth mask or a tightly-fitted surgical mask can increase the protection from the coronavirus, according to CDC.

It’s now common knowledge that wearing a face mask would help you avoid getting infected with the coronavirus. However, wearing an extra layer over the mask with a cloth mask or a more tightly-fitted surgical mask can increase the protection rate for both the wearer and the bystander, according to CDC.

In a new study by CDC, it’s pointed out that the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can be reduced by up to 96.5% if the uninfected and infected people wear surgical masks with a cloth layered on top.

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During a White House briefing on Wednesday, Rochelle P.Walensky, the director of CDC, urged people to wear a well-fitting mask with two layers or more. The CDC director also emphasized the necessity of face masks as the general public is worried about the new coronavirus variants. Walensky said:

“With cases, hospitalizations and deaths still very high, now is not the time to roll back mask requirements. The bottom line is this: Masks work, and they work when they have a good fit and are worn correctly.”

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In November, the death toll resulting from COVID-19 in the US rose sharply, but the number has started to decline steadily while remaining high. Starting January, the COVID-19 tally and subsequent hospitalizations have been going down. However, researchers said that we need good preparation for a more contagious virus variant that has been found around the world such as the UK variant. CDC also said that the UK variant could become the new most dominant variant by March.

Face masks are known as highly effective against infection, but the protection rate will drop significantly if the wearer and bystander wear masks loosely, which creates open edges for respiratory droplets and aerosols to enter and exit. With the evolution of COVID-19 coronavirus, please wear more and tighter face masks.

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