- US health officials advised people to wear N95 or KN95 masks
- CDC said that health workers should get priority due to short supply of masks
- The officer said – choose only a well-fitting mask so that it can be easy to wear continuously
US health officials are encouraging more Americans to wear the N95 or KN95 masks used by health care workers to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Such masks are considered better at filtering viruses from the air. But previously they were in short supply and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said such masks should be given priority to health care workers.
CDC officials allayed concerns about a supply shortage of masks in a new guideline posted Friday afternoon and said more clearly that fitting N95 and KN95 masks provide the most protection. However, agency officials mentioned that some masks are not as comfortable to wear as others, so they urged people to choose well-fitting masks that they can wear continuously.
N-95 masks will be available for free
The CDC has been providing guidance on masks during the pandemic. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that his administration plans to make “high-quality masks” available for free, including N95s. He said more details are likely to come next week. The White House said that the federal government has a stockpile of more than 750 million N95 masks.
America the country with the most cases
According to the CDC, ‘Surgical N95’ is a special category of masks, specially designed to provide protection against blood splatter and in-room hazards during operation. The agency said such masks are not generally available for sale to the public and should be kept safe for health care workers. The US continues to be the country with the highest number of new cases so far, with an average increase of 34 per cent per day.