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Updated CDC Guidance: Face Masks Also Protect Wearer From COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to support community mask use, now saying the policy can protect both the wearer and those around them from COVID-19.

The CDC said Tuesday in updated guidance that cloth masks are able to block virus particles exhaled by the wearer as well as block incoming infectious droplets from others. Previously, it was believed that mask wearing helped only to prevent infected people from spreading the virus to others.

The agency cited a number of studies that found masks reduce the transmission of the virus by more than 70 percent in some instances.

The CDC pointed out that in several scenarios, when officials told people to wear masks, infections and deaths fell significantly. In addition, one analysis indicates increasing community mask use by 15% in the U.S. could prevent the need for lockdowns and associated economic troubles.

The CDC currently recommends masks that have multiple layers of cloth with higher thread counts. It also encourages the continued use of other preventative measures, such as social distancing and hand washing.

Excerpted from “Face masks also protect wearer from COVID-19, says CDC in updated guidance” from the Gray Media Group with contributions from CNN. Read the full article online.  See the CDC guidance.

Source: KBTX | Face masks also protect wearer from COVID-19, says CDC in updated guidance, https://www.kbtx.com/2020/11/11/face-masks-also-protect-wearer-from-covid-19-says-cdc-in-updated-guidance | Copyright 2020 Gray Media Group, Inc

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