CDC updates mask guidelines, says it protects both the person wearing it and those around them
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its mask guidance, saying they protect both the person wearing it as well as those around them.
Initially the CDC had said the main benefit of wearing a mask was to help prevent spreading the virus to others, especially if the person tested positive for COVID-19.
On Tuesday, the CDC released an updated guidance confirming wearing a mask not only protects those around you, but it shields the wearer from breathing in any virus particles.
The CDC conducted several studies showing that masks help reduce the risk of catching or transmitting the virus in different settings. They went as far as saying their goal is to adopt universal masking policies that can help avoid future lockdowns.
The CDC is advising to continue to wear your masks because it protects you and everyone around you.