CDC updates mask guidelines: Wearing a mask also protects the wearer
Following months of contradicting advice, the Centers for Disease Control is now making it clear: wearing a cloth mask can protect both the wearer and others around them from possible COVID-19 infection.
the C D. C. Today gave us one more data driven reason toe wear a mask whenever we leave the house. My mask not only protects you, it also protects me. Dr. Todd Vento is an infectious disease doctor with Intermountain Healthcare. It is more data that really shows that if two people are wearing a mask, one of them has co bid and they're in proximity with with one another, you can significantly reduce the risk to both of them. Dr. Vento tells me we're getting the updated guidance now because knowledge about the virus has evolved with new studies. Now they've got enough information to where they have data to support that it goes both ways. I can protect you from me where it it and I can protect myself from me wearing it, the CDC reports. Cloth masks can block virus particles exhaled by the person wearing the mask as well as block incoming infectious droplets from others. This update comes after several studies showed wearing cloth masks can reduce the risk of contracting co vid by 70%. Try not to be within 62 folks and if you are put on a mask if you take politics out of the mix. Here's the bottom line on masks they work, right? If everyone has it on, you have it on. I have it on. I can. Markedly decreases won't go down to zero. But it will markedly decrease the risk of me or you transmitting the virus. As many as 40% of co vid cases are asymptomatic, so we won't always know when the virus is around us. Even more reason to just put the mask on.