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Brace yourself NJ, the CDC is finally stating the obvious about masks

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I can’t believe it took this long, but the CDC FINALLY came out and discussed the differences between those “cute” cloth masks (you know the ones with your favorite soccer team or fake LVs on them) and the real surgical and KN95 masks. Not all masks are created equal, but try explaining that to someone who wants a mask that matches their outfit.

I’m so glad this is now laid out for anyone who needs to hear it from an official standpoint. It seemed obvious to many of us that a piece of cloth does nothing but keep your droplets to itself out of a courtesy to others. It hardly helps you. Why? KN95 masks and surgical masks have exponentially smaller openings and protect you about 95%. Think about it, would you ever see a surgeon in the operating room wearing a mask made from an extra t-shirt? Then why do we think this is helping us with a microvirus?

The new formal CDC recommendation is to wear the real deal, a surgical or KN95. Now if you’re in a bind and can’t get one, a cloth mask is better than nothing, but really no match for Omicron.

We should all be transitioning to better masks, and now the CDC has made that public. Trust me, I’ve had mask fatigue too, and after getting double vaccinated and boosted, I stopped wearing one. Then I was leveled by COVID. I was wrong. We all need to do our part and only use the improved masks because the real mask fatigue comes when this thing never ends. Read more from the insights of a Rutgers professor here.

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