CDC's Mask Type Recommendation

by David Rosow

The CDC on Jan. 14 updated its consumer mask webpage to clarify that some masks and respirators, such as N95s, offer higher levels of protection than others. The agency's official COVID-19 mask guidance — which recommends everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission — does not, however, recommend higher-quality masks over cloth ones.