California Makes Double Masking Official
California health officials updated the state's mask guidance today, urging everyone to consider wearing two masks instead of one, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
With the emergence of more contagious variants and vaccine supply still lagging, Governor Gavin Newsom says it's time for Californians to double mask, until a higher proportion of the population is vaccinated:
"This is not the time to spike the ball. There's no mission accomplished sign behind us. We really have to work through this next six to eight/nine weeks, the next 100 days, until we get to that abundance frame with the vaccines.''
The new state guidance brings California in line with the CDC, which promotes wearing a cloth mask over surgical or disposable one. A February CDC study found that wearing two masks could reduce COVID-19 exposure by over 90%.
Those face coverings should also be tight fitting, and free of gaps that could allow any respiratory droplets to escape or enter.