As the coronavirus grows, it’s time to abandon cloth masks, experts say

as the highly contagious Omron variant expands explosively and fills hospital beds Across the region, health experts are urging Southern Californians to switch from cloth face coverings to sturdier, tighter-fitting masks that better protect them — and others — from coronavirus,

“You have to mask better than before,” said epidemiologist Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of population health and disease prevention at UC Irvine.

“In front of the highly permeable Omicron, cloth masks are pure theater,” Noymer said. “They don’t do anything.”

The pressure to upgrade face coverings comes After California officials expanded Statewide indoor mask mandatory came into force in mid-December for another month, by February 15,

In some cases, the officers are Making the Switch to Better Masks a Necessity,

  • Los Angeles County recently Mandatory that K-12 teachers Wear high-grade masks in the county.
  • USC students and professors will have to upgrade to masks to be worn on campus starting Tuesday, January 18. As per the notice sent Wednesday, January 5, by university officials.
  • Also on Wednesday, the LA County Public Health Department ordered employers whose employees work indoors, in close contact with people, to wear tight-fitting medical-grade masks, surgical masks or respirators such as the N95 and KN95 by Monday, Jan. 17.
  • K-12 schools in the nation’s second largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, prepare to return to campus on Tuesday, Jan. Masks will be required at all times. He is outside as well as inside the house. All district staff must wear surgical masks or high quality masks. LA Unified children do not face a mandate on mask type, but teachers recommend that “all students Wear a well-fitting, non-fabric mask with a nose wire. ,
  • Chapman University announced Friday, January 7, it is requiring everyone visiting campus Wear a surgical mask or a high quality model, As individual instruction returns on Monday, January 10th. The university said it will provide disposable medical grade surgical masks and KN95 masks. The decision follows a petition signed by more than 300 students calling for Orange County University to distribute free KN95 masks.

Senior Daniel McGreevy, who founded the Chapman Mask Project and started the petition, said that “when we want to be on campus, we want to do it safely, and the science is clear that better masks like KN95s can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.” Will stop The way most other masks won’t. ,