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CDC Encourages Wider Public Use of Medical-Grade Face Masks (1)

Jan. 14, 2022, 11:13 PM

Faced with a surge in coronavirus cases driven by the fast-spreading omicron variant, U.S. health officials urged wider use of medical-grade face masks in the general public.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised earlier guidelines that had discouraged the use of gold-standard N95 masks in new guidance published Friday. The agency had earlier suggested reserving such masks for medical personnel.

Health officials are looking for ways to limit the spread of omicron, which preferentially targets the upper airways and has spread at least twice as quickly as delta. The agency recently relaxed Covid-19 guidelines to say that ...

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