Welcome to another day of the nearly two-year-long COVID-19 pandemic. Just when we were under the impression that the silly masking business was over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has only continued to lose the confidence of the American people, is considering yet another new masking rule.
According to The Daily Wire, the CDC is reportedly considering urging people to ditch the cloth masks that we’ve worn for almost two years, and instead opt for the pricier N95 or KN95 masks that are typically worn by medical professionals.
The consideration for the new guidance comes amid the surge in omicron variant cases, which have still proven to be much milder than previous variants, but thanks to the fearmongering terminating from most of the mainstream media, continues to cause panic among the gullible.
“The agency will likely advise people opt for the highly protective N95 or KN95 masks worn by healthcare personnel, if they can do so consistently, the newspaper reported, citing an official close to the deliberations,” a Reuters report indicated this week.
There’s an exception
Interestingly, the CDC is reportedly also considering adding language to the guidance that urges people to don the more expensive and hard-to-find masks only if they can “tolerate” wearing one all day.
The report read: “The CDC guidance is expected to say that if people can ‘tolerate wearing a KN95 or N95 mask all day, you should.'”
If you’ll recall, at the beginning of the pandemic, N95 and KN95 masks were nearly impossible to locate, and quickly turned into an expensive, hot commodity across a number of online auction and selling sites, like eBay.
Because of a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including the higher-grade masks, eventually, the “experts” said it would be perfectly acceptable to wear a cloth mask — pretty much made of any material — as a protective barrier. And that’s what we did.
As it would turn out, the cloth masks were almost entirely ineffective, other than blocking a small percentage of larger drops from people’s mouths and noses.
Problems brewing… again
Even though omicron is a milder version of the virus, health sector experts are warning that the skyrocketing number of cases and hospitalizations are stretching resources thin, as we witnessed happen in 2020.
“While severity is likely to be reduced, the absolute number of hospitalizations and impact on the healthcare system may nevertheless be significant due to the increased transmissibility of Omicron,” a Canadian team of researchers said.
It added: “Nevertheless, Omicron appears to demonstrate lower disease severity for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. While severity is likely to be reduced, the absolute number of hospitalizations and impact on the healthcare system is likely to be significant due to the large number of Omicron infections.”