- President Joe Biden said the White House will announce next week how it is providing Americans with high-quality masks for free.
- Sen. Bernie Sander, I-VT, on Wednesday re-introduced legislation to distribute free N95 masks to everyone in the US.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will soon update its masking guidance to inform Americans about the different levels of protection that different masks provide.
- CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky has said that any mask is better without a mask.
President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the United States will give Americans high-quality masks for free, as new infections from the Omicron COVID-19 variant rise across the country.
Biden said the US has more than tripled its national stockpile of highly protective N95 masks to ensure they are widely available to the general public. He said that masks are an important tool to help control the spread of omicrons.
“I know that for some Americans, a mask isn’t always affordable or convenient,” Biden said while addressing the nation from the White House. “Next week we’ll announce how we’re making high quality masks available to the American people for free.”
dream. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Law reintroduced on Wednesday To distribute free N95 masks to everyone in the US. Everyone will receive a package containing three highly protective masks. Sanders’ law has 50 Democratic coauthors in the House and Senate.
“As we face the rapidly spreading Omicron version, we must remember that not all face masks are created equal,” Sanders said in a statement. “Congress should demand mass production and distribution of N95 masks, which is one of the most effective ways to contain the spread of the COVID virus.”
Dr. Rochelle Valensky said Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will soon update its masking guidance to inform Americans about the different levels of protection that different masks provide. However, Valensky said the CDC recommends that any mask is better than no mask.
The CDC director said during a White House COVID update, “We encourage all Americans to wear a well-fitting mask to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19, and this recommendation is about to change.” Not there.”
The CDC recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in public places indoors in areas with substantial or high virus transmission. Right now, nearly every county in the US has high transmission of the virus, according to the CDC. According to the CDC, Omicron currently represents 98% of all sequenced COVID cases in the US.
Researchers in Australia found that fabric masks are at least 50% effective at filtering virus particles, while N95 and surgical masks are about 99% effective. study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Pathogens in September 2020.