New CDC guidelines now instruct citizens to wear a cloth mask over a disposable mask, claiming doing so helps masks fit better and prevents coronavirus spread.
Biden’s newly appointed CDC director, Rochelle Walensky, claimed that “new science is emerging” about the need for citizens to wear two masks, and as such, the CDC have updated their guidance on their website, instructing people to add “layers of material” to their masks, specifically wearing a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.
Walensky said in a press conference that a lab experiment designed to test how to improve the fit of facemasks on people. In the study, they looked at two approaches: one being to doublemask, with a cloth mask over a disposable mask, and a second being to knot and tuck the earloops on a normal mask.
With these “well-fitting masks,” Walensky claimed that they reduced exposure levels of receiver by 95% compared to no mask at all. The CDC Director notably did not discuss the percentage difference between wearing two masks and wearing one mask, and the difference in effectiveness between wearing two masks and the earloop tuck method.
“The science is clear,” Walensky said. “Everyone needs to be wearing a mask when they are in public, or when they are in their own home but with people who do not live in their household… Now is not the time to roll back mask requirements.”
The American public has been receiving vastly conflicting information from medical professionals as to whether there is in fact any benefit of wearing two masks rather than one. Dr Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical advisor, had said at the end of January that there was no data that indicates two masks would make a difference, only days after he had claimed double masking would help stop the spread.
Fauci on double masking:
“There’s no data that indicates that that is going to make a difference” pic.twitter.com/ptVivQfuwt
— Eli Klein (@TheEliKlein) January 31, 2021