(AbsoluteNews.com) – For two years, Americans have debated about the effectiveness of cloth masks. At the beginning of the pandemic, the consensus among the medical community was something was better than nothing; but others pointed out fabric wouldn’t stop the particles from the virus from penetrating it. Recently, the CDC admitted it was true – and now President Joe Biden’s administration is providing medical-grade masks.
On Friday, January 14, the CDC issued new mask guidance. The health agency said the cloth masks many Americans wear on a day-to-day basis are not as effective as surgical and N95/KN95 masks. Well-fitting N95 masks filter out 95% of all airborne particles; they’re the same masks medical professionals have used throughout the pandemic.
After the CDC issued the new guidance, the Biden administration announced it would provide 400 million N95 masks to community health centers and pharmacies. The facilities will hand the masks out to people for free.
Our Administration is making 400 million N95 masks from the Strategic National Stockpile available for free to Americans.
N95 masks will be available for the public to pick up at tens of thousands of local pharmacies and health centers.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 19, 2022
For people who want to buy their own N95 masks, Project N95 vets mask distributors, ensuring people can find high-quality ones. Amazon also sells the masks; try to buy ones made in America, because they have to meet high standards.
The administration will start shipping the face coverings from the national strategic stockpile beginning next week.
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