CDC weighs recommending double masks to protect against COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is discussing recommending that everyone wear double masks in public.

News 12 Staff

Feb 9, 2021, 10:34 PM

Updated 1,249 days ago

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is discussing recommending that everyone wear double masks in public.
Some Long Islanders and two doctors who spoke to News 12 had different views on the matter.
"The benefits of making everybody double mask is not yet proven,” says Dr. Aaron Glatt, chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau. “It certainly is something I have no objection to...but I think before we make a broad sweeping recommendation across the country, let's focus on getting everybody vaccinated and getting everybody appropriately masked with one mask."
Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist with the Federation of American Scientists, says Americans need to trade cloth masks in for the surgical kind and double up.
“By doubling them up, you increase the chance that you will filter out the virus,” he says.
The CDC is only discussing double masks and has not issued any guidance about it yet.


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