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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday revised its guidelines on wearing masks to protect against Covid, recommending people use “the most protective mask possible” while stopping before to advocate the national use of N95 respirators, reports Reuters.

The CDC, an agency that critics have accused of offering shifting and confusing advice amid the pandemic, clarified on its website “that people can choose respirators such as N95s and KN95s, including removing concerns over supply shortages for N95s”.

Americans should “wear the most protective mask possible that fits well and that you will wear consistently,” the CDC added.

the United States leads the world in Covid deaths – around 850,000 – even as it battles a wave of cases involving the fast-spreading Omicron variant. Complicating matters is the refusal of some Americans to get vaccinated.

President, Joe Biden, said Thursday that the federal government plans to make “high-quality masks” available to Americans free of charge. In another step, the White House said on Friday the government would begin shipping 500 million free Covid tests to Americans later this month.

The CDC said it wanted to encourage Americans to wear masks rather than push them to wear the highest quality face protection, but also explicitly stated that respirators provide the best level of protection. He said “loosely woven fabric products offer the least protection.”

“Masking is an essential public health tool to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and it’s 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’ve learned over the past two years,” since the pandemic began.

More Americans have recently opted for next-level protection amid soaring cases.

The United States is seeing around 1,800 Covid deaths and 780,000 new infections a day – the most in the world – as well as record levels of hospitalized patients.

The CDC last May announced that fully vaccinated people could get rid of their face coverings because Covid cases were then on the decline. But in July, the CDC said fully vaccinated people should wear masks in indoor public places in areas where Covid was spreading rapidly. The CDC said this week that 99.5% of US counties are currently covered by the mask recommendation.

Los Angeles County, the most populous in the country, will on Monday require certain employers to provide “medical grade” masks – surgical, KF94, KN95 or N95 masks – to workers at high risk of Covid infection at work.

The masks remain polarizing. Biden, a Democrat, again this week urged people to wear masks and noted that about a third of Americans say they don’t wear a mask at all. Many Republican-leaning states have no mask requirements. Some Democrat-ruled states such as California reimposed indoor mask mandates.

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