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Department of Obvious: CDC changes mask guidelines — cloth not enough for Covid

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated the mask and respirator guidelines that will better prevent the transmission of Covid-19. While any mask is better than no mask, the CDC now says cloth masks are not really good enough.

It’s something that many in the public have pointed since early in the pandemic mask-wearing phase that began in 2020, but the CDC has played along with pushing inferior masks until now. Early on, the agency didn’t want members of the public to hoard the better quality masks that are needed by health professionals.

On Friday, the health agency said that fitted N95 masks, sometimes called respirators, are now preferred. If used correctly, they can filter out 95 percent of airborne particulate matter.

The public does not typically wear any masks correctly, however. The respirator masks, just like cloth or surgical masks, need to be changed frequently — several times a day, and need to be removed and disposed of with extreme caution if they are to be effective. If they do block the virus, that means the virus will be on the mask. That difficulty in use for average citizens was not mentioned in the CDC advisory, which gave no guidance on the touching and disposal of masks.

The CDC summarized its new guidelines:

  • Masking is a critical public health tool for preventing spread of COVID-19, and any mask is better than no mask.
  • To protect yourself and others from Covid-19, CDC continues to recommend that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.
  • Masks and respirators are effective at reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, when worn consistently and correctly.
  • Some masks and respirators offer higher levels of protection than others, and some may be harder to tolerate or wear consistently than others. It is most important to wear a well-fitted mask or respirator correctly that is comfortable for you and that provides good protection.
  • While all masks and respirators provide some level of protection, properly fitted respirators provide the highest level of protection. Wearing a highly protective mask or respirator may be most important for certain higher risk situations, or by some people at increased risk for severe disease.
  • CDC has a list of mask recommendations.

Surgical or “procedural” masks, commonly used in commercial settings, come from boxes with labels that say they will not protect against viruses.

In 2020, the CDC said that cloth masks help prevent the spread of Covid-19 from those without symptoms. The agency said that cloth masks block respiratory droplets that leave a person’s mouth while coughing, sneezing or talking.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Yeah for you Suzanne thank you for all you do!

  • It’s sad that people need a government entity to tell them what is best for them and they cannot figure this out for themselves.
    What’s worse is those who have fought the obvious for years. Once again common sense isn’t so common.

  • The CDC is all over the map. I will not wear a mask because my immunity is good, thank you very much!!

  • Why don’t you post some science facts we can agree with not this fake news facts from Fauci’s cabal.

  • This advice might actually be supported by the science. That said, the switch at this point will be a nightmare to implement. Much of the fault rests with the CDC. They knew from the beginning that less-than-N95 masks do not work. Start with poor advice and in the long run you will reap what you sow. Chaos, mistrust and anger.

  • I see… the Fauci wants more attention so he can get his jollies manipulating the public with fear. Well guess what – N95 masks do nothing if you have a beard because you breathe around the mask edges. This old man is NOT shaving, and will wear only a cloth mask when I absolutely must – which is very seldom. What about Afghanistan, Brandon? What about inflation, Brandon? What about the border, Brandon? What about the supply chain, Brandon? I live in rural Alaska, U.S.A. – NOT Cuba or even China, Brandon – and I cherish my freedoms – including the freedom to breathe.

  • Masks don’t work. If you can smell cigarette smoke through a mask, it’s not working. I’m sure the CDC is in bed with some company (3M) to make more jiggle out of the scamdemic. If this was a real pandemic with 80% infection death, it would be MOPP4 and M9 NBC protective masks. Until then, this is just a charade.

  • Talk about a no brainer, if you listen to anything the CDC says, you have no brain. The reason there is this scamdemic is because too many brain dead sheeple believe everything they are prescribed.
    The reason the world is going through so much chaos is because they fear their own shadows and everyone and everything. Mass paranoia. Have you had your share of covidioucy today? Hurry, your daily vaccine will soon be available. Get them while you keep making them hot.

  • I thought it was settled science considering the size of virus particles and the pours of cloth masks. Anyway I’m going to continue wearing my cloth mask because I only wear it to give a false sense of security to everyone around me. The sooner we all get it, the quicker the population of susceptible folks get so low there’s not enough hosts left to facilitate continue spread of the virus, and we get a break and a chance to come to the conclusion, it’s something we need to live with.

    • Right. Separate the wheat from the chaff, or, as Dickens put it, “…decrease the surplus population.”

  • Screw the masks. Covid doesn’t care.
    Enough of this charade already.

  • An N95 is just as ineffective if not worn properly. I have been professionally fitted for an N95 and during testing, to keep out the test gas, I had to have it on so tight I couldn’t breathe. Any small head movement let the gas in. Forget about talking. Masks are the modern day Burka.

  • This is good information. This means the best thing for your health is to do the exact opposite.

  • Masks are about control, nothing more, and will last as long as you are wearing them.

    Prior to this whole charade, there were a total of 13 separate studies spanning 15 years conducted on mask wearing, albeit primarily for the influenza virus (which is a larger viral particle than the rona, so the “science” says), yet not a single one showed any efficacy in reduction of transmission.

    Enter the Rona, then a CDC sponsored study using mannequins, not live people or control groups of course, cuz that was already done…and voila, masks stop the spread. Strange how science works when there are conflicts…

    • Excellent points, Nick!
      Indeed, the universal medical and scientific consensus before the manufactured Covidian hysteria was that mass mask wearing by the public was virtually if not completely ineffective in preventing or lowering the risk of viral disease contraction or transmission, for all the reasons mentioned here — because the public cannot in any practical sense wear them or use them properly, i.e., properly fitted, for very limited periods, without being touched or adjusted while being worn, etc. But come the Wuhan Virus, and we were all supposed to through that knowledge out the window and down the memory hole, and blindly follow “the (political) science” and do what common sense and learning told us was nonsensical and wrong.

  • This is still all from the perspective of protection for the mask wearer. Masks, most that people might be wearing across Alaska, are only really effective as a shield, protecting others from the wearer. The wearer is.not protected. Even an N95 is foolproof protection for the mask wearer, but does afford protection to those around the mask wearer. Most effective though would be if you stay home if you are sick. Not sure why that is made to be so complicated.

  • Simply standing before one of these magnificent Maskettes, and watching them constantly fiddling with the masks filtering surface (covered in days/weeks of contaminant) is reminiscent of watching a primate scratching its butt before eating that Banana. 🤯

  • N95 works if worn properly. We knew cloth wasn’t working.

    • Greg, how do you know that?
      Masks do not work for covid! Covid is a one and mask membrane is a 30. The entire point is that the 95 does more harm if worn for extended periods. Since when would less oxygen be called for?
      Don’t be a sheep, we all need to pitch in and stop all mandates.
      Wear Masks and get boosters if you like, leave me out of that!
      I’ve read that 400 athletes are now dead in the prime of their lives. The VAERS report is terrifying, The shot works less now for covid prevention then it may have, in its first release. STOP the madness. Step in front of a train to stop the spread of covid, at least that works.

      • Fool. It doesn’t reduce available oxygen. I don’t care about mandated.

        • Have you ever checked the air under your mask Greg?
          I’ve seen it done and the meter suggested to move to a safe place.

          • Yours must have not been adjusted correctly..

    • 👌

  • Either way, This person will wear what ever she can wear. I cannot wear masks that loop around the earlobes. My glasses and hearing aids have priority on my earlobes, so until they provide a better mask, so be it. These are made of cloth, but if people wash their masks, there shouldn’t be a problem. I KNOW I am not the only person with this problem.. Yes there some that is worn around the neck, but they make you look like someone getting ready to do some criminal element.

    • Besides that, these blue throw-away masks are sprayed with chemicals and you’re breathing chemicals which are made in China..Who trusts China with their chemical made masks?..

      • Exactly!

    • N95s use elastic head bands, not ear loops. They are the most effective masks you can get on the general market. Still, they need to be properly fitted.

  • USDA Prime … BS! These masks do nothing related to Covid-19, they never have and never will.
    However(!), the best use of these masks:
    – Cover up an ugly face.
    – Hide terrible dental and tooth hygiene.
    – Cover up bad breath (ie … garlic, onion, cigarette, Copenhagen, etc.)
    End the mandates now, let’s get on with restoring normalcy and living life.

  • Have used cloth masks that are fitting thru 2020-now. I wash my masks and have not had any issues. CDC can pound sand with their control bs. Only place I consent to a mask is when Iam having to fly on a plane every year. I will continue with what is working for me and to hell with the CDC!

  • I sure wish more people would come forward with their Covid experiences. I went to the doc today because I feel like I have the flu. Headache, stuffy nose, chills. I was given a covid swab along with a flu swab. I have Covid it seems and there aren’t any medications available due to shortages. Just go home and deal with it for ten days. No monoclonal treatment, No ivermectin.
    Why is Brandon sending At-Home Covid tests to the public? He should be sending the ivermectin.
    It ticks me off that two years later and trillions wasted, the answer is to go home and deal with it.
    I wanted a zpac cause I feel like poo.

    • I was put on steroids to minimize the inflammation in my lungs from my immune system over reacting and damaging good tissue. Then zpac to knock down secondary bacterial infection from the roids. My O2 saturation was at 89 percent. Took 3 days to get out of the woods. Lost smell, taste and energy for months. This was with Delta.

    • Here you hit the nail on the head. All the hyperventilating over so-called “misinformation”, the shaming, the banning, the Fauci “my way or the highway” etc. was somehow more important than actually finding and using medications that reduce the impact of this disease…..and no the vaccine does not count, as numbers have exploded AFTER the introduction of the vaccine, in complete contrast to what usually happens when a population is vaccinated. This is not 1918. We have antivirals, antibiotics, gene therapy and lots of other medical innovations. It is pathetic that after 2 years there is still a ban on stuff that may work and no urgency to find or study other meds already on the market, to see if they would impact this illness.

  • Next it’ll hair coverings, but only for women…

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