Time To Double Up?

NYC has adjusted its guidance on mask-wearing. Mayor de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi are now encouraging New Yorkers to wear two face masks to more aggressively protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19.

A recent CDC study found that a single mask only blocks about 40% of incoming particles, while a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask can block up to 80%.

The new guidance specifies that “If you decide to wear two face coverings, wear a cloth face covering over a disposable mask. Do not wear two disposable masks or a face covering over a higher-grade mask like a KN95.”

The City has also released this guide for further instructions.

The issuing of this new guidance comes as NYC faces a vaccine shipment shortage due to the recent winter storms.

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