Guidance Will Not Change On Face Masks, COVID-19 Cases Predicted To Peak In US: CDC Director Walensky

By FOX News
Posted on 01/12/22 | News Source: FOX News

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that the agency's guidance on face masks would not change.

"[The] CDC continues to recommend that any mask is better than no mask and we do encourage all Americans to wear a well-fitting mask to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19. And, the recommendation is not going to change," she told reporters during the White House COVID-19 response team briefing.

"Maybe I'll just note that we are preparing an update to the information on our mask website to best reflect the options that are available to people, as you note, and the different levels of protection different masks provide. And, we want to provide Americans [with] the best and most updated information to choose what mask is going to be right for them," she added.

The statement comes on the heels of one recent study that said cloth masks may not even be effective at protecting against the omicron variant of COVID-19.

The Washington Post reported Monday that the agency was working to update its guidance to recommend people opt for the highly protective N95 or K95 masks, citing "an official close to the deliberations."