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When will mask mandates end? What a COVID-19 vaccine means for masking

When will mask mandates end? What a COVID-19 vaccine means for masking
On Nov. 16, pharmaceutical company Moderna announced that preliminary data showed the COVID-19 vaccine developed in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was 94.5% effective. The update followed a similar announcement from Pfizer and BioNTech, which showed their COVID-19 vaccine was also 95% effective.

Based on information from the CDC, there are three categories of masks: N95s, basic surgical masks and cloth masks.Per the CDC, surgical masks are the safest and most accessible, while cloth masks come with some criteria.“In the hospital, at least here at Rush, we don’t allow cloth masks for our employees or visitors and so you do have to wear a hospital approved [surgical] mask,” Segreti said.“The CDC has said that cloth masks in the community are perfectly acceptable and they do have some criteria for what makes for a better mask.

” Segreti elaborated the main criteria is that masks should not have any vents and cloth masks should have two or three layers.“I would say probably for at least six to nine months, we’ll still continue to have to wear masks and have social distancing,” Segreti said.

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