Americans are recommended to wear masks “anytime” indoors or outdoors when around people you do not live with. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention article was last updated on February 10th
The article titled “Types of Masks” examines the “many” types of masks worn by Americans, highlighting cloth masks, disposable masks, and KN95 masks specifically.
The CDC recommends selecting a face covering with “multiple layers of tightly woven” fabric and a nose wire. Disposable masks should also have tightly woven fabric and a nose wire. With either the CDC is recommending wearing masks “anytime you are indoors or outdoors with people you don’t live with”:
In the same article, the CDC suggests wearing “two masks” to protect better and fit. They recommend a “disposable mask underneath AND a cloth mask on top.”
Dr. Anthony Fauchi and the CDC are not loosening recommendations on universal masking.
“Wear one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask,” the CDC recommends. “The second mask should push the edges of the inner mask against your face.” It also released the early summary of a study indicating that a double mask blocked 92.5 percent of cough particles.
The updated guidance comes even though we are experiencing a daily decrease in new coronavirus cases. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic is 27,127,858. The U.S. reported 97,309 cases on Wednesday.
Americans fully vaccinated and meeting other criteria do not have to quarantine if exposed to the Wuhan Virus in the February 10 CDC update.