The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States is contemplating changing its mask guidelines due to a surge in Omicron-related coronavirus infections, according to the Washington Post on Monday.
The agency would most likely encourage individuals to use the more protective N95 or KN95 masks worn by healthcare workers if they can do so regularly, according to the newspaper, citing an official close to the discussions.
According to the story, the CDC guidelines will state that if individuals can “tolerate wearing a KN95 or N95 mask all day, you should.”
According to Reuters, the United States recorded at least 1.13 million new COVID-19 infections on Monday, the largest daily total of any country in the world, as the spread of the extremely dangerous Omicron form showed no signs of stopping.
Last week, CDC Director Rochelle Walenksy told NBC News’ “Today” show that the Omicron-driven rise of COVID-19 infections in the United States has most certainly not peaked.