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World US CDC urges use of ‘most protective mask you can’: COVID updates

07:07  15 january  2022
07:07  15 january  2022 Source:   aljazeera.com

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Americans should "wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently," the CDC added. It said that "loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection ." " Masking is a critical public health tool to prevent the spread of COVID -19, and it is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask ," the CDC added. The CDC said the revised recommendations "reflect the science on masking , including what we have learned in the past two years," since the start of the pandemic.

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The United States has revised its guidance for Americans on wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus, recommending donning “the most protective mask you can” while stopping short of advocating nationwide usage of N95 respirators.

The US reported about 1,800 new deaths from COVID-19 and 780,000 new infections on Friday - the most in the world [File: Joseph Prezioso/AFP] © Provided by Al Jazeera The US reported about 1,800 new deaths from COVID-19 and 780,000 new infections on Friday - the most in the world [File: Joseph Prezioso/AFP]

In a statement published on its website, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said “people can choose respirators such as N95s and KN95s, including removing concerns related to supply shortages for N95s”.

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(Reuters) - The U . S . Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late on Friday revised its guidance for Americans on wearing masks , recommending wearing "the most protective mask you can ," although the agency stopped short of calling for nationwide N95 usage. It added that Americans should "wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently." (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler). Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions.

Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID -19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection . When choosing a mask , look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has. The cloth mask should push the edges of the disposable mask against your face. Make sure you can see and breathe easily. Knot and tuck ear loops of a 3-ply mask .

The US reported a daily tally of about 1,800 new deaths and 780,000 new infections of COVID-19 on Friday, the most in the world. But official health data from New York and other major cities also showed that the Omicron wave is starting to recede.

Other developments:

  • Canada expects the Omicron surge in coming weeks to strain the healthcare system, Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said.
  • The UK Health Security Agency has said it was increasingly confident that the Omicron coronavirus variant was less severe for adults.

Here are the latest updates for Saturday:

44 mins ago (03:15 GMT)

Omicron spreads to southern China city bordering Macau

The southern Chinese city of Zhuhai suspended public bus routes on Saturday after announcing it had detected at least seven cases of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant there and warning residents not to leave the city.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly set to update its guidelines for wearing masks amid the pandemic. It will advise that, if people can “tolerate wearing a KN95 or N95 mask all day,” they should do so, according to the Washington Post. What are the CDC’s recommendations on masks now? The current version of the CDC guidelines, last updated in October, recommends using more comfortable cloth masks with two layers of fabric for most people in most settings.

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The coastal city, which borders the gambling hub Macau, said late Friday Omicron had been detected in one mildly ill and six asymptomatic patients after launching mass testing due to a case in a neighbouring city.

China is battling a spate of coronavirus outbreaks, including several from the Omicron variant, forcing millions of people under strict lockdown as the country steps up vigilance against the virus ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games next month.

2 hours ago (02:00 GMT)

Omicron wave drives Brazil health worker shortage

Health centres in Brazil are facing substantial staff shortages amid the latest wave of coronavirus cases driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant.

In Sao Joao de Meriti, outside Rio de Janeiro, authorities are having to adapt with as many as 40 percent of medical personnel on leave due to COVID-19.

Late on Friday, Brazil reported 112,286 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours and 251 COVID-19 deaths, the Health Ministry said, raising the total number of cases to almost 23 million and the death toll to at least 620,796 since the start of the pandemic.

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