Medical Health Cluster


More than 70% of Americans can take off their masks indoors under new CDC guidelines on COVID-19 risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced guideline changes allowing most Americans to unmask indoors, which health experts said may be the first step in shifting the USA to an “endemic phase” of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency said in a news briefing Friday afternoon it will use different metrics […]

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CDC issues long-awaited new guidance on when to wear masks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued long-awaited new guidance Friday on when Americans should consider wearing masks to protect themselves against Covid-19. Under the new guidance, roughly 70% of the U.S. population can now contemplate removing their masks. The guidance lays out a system that designates individual counties as being […]

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CDC Updates Mask Guidelines ― Cloth Masks Least Effective

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance on face masks, saying loosely woven cloth masks offer the least protection against COVID-19 and N95 and KN95 masks offer the most. The CDC update doesn’t come out and say Americans should avoid cloth masks but clarifies that some kinds […]

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We need to wear better masks

The rapid spread of the omicron variant means that many medical and public health experts are urging Americans to adopt better masking protocols to protect themselves and others from the spread of Covid-19. Masking best practices have changed since the beginning of the pandemic, and confusion still abounds about which mask to […]

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Mayo Clinic asks all patients and visitors to wear surgical/procedural masks

Due to the growing wave of infection from the omicron variant and the urgent need to strengthen all layers of protection against COVID-19, Mayo Clinic is asking all patients and visitors to wear surgical/procedural masks. Several studies have demonstrated the variability in cloth mask performance. While a high-quality cloth mask may perform similarly […]

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Why We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks—and Where to Get Them

High-quality respirators such as N95s and KN95s are now widely available and provide the best protection against COVID, according to experts. Why aren’t more people wearing them? A wealth of evidence has shown that wearing a face mask helps prevent people from spreading the virus that causes COVID, SARS-CoV-2, to […]

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