CDC to Update Mask Recommendations as Omicron Spreads

"We are preparing an update to the info on our mask website to best reflect the options that are available to people and the different levels of protection different masks provide, and we want to provide Americans the best and most updated information to choose what mask is going to be right for them," she said at a White House news briefing.

While the higher-quality masks provide better protection, they can be uncomfortable to wear, expensive, and harder to find. That's why Walensky added an important caveat.

"Any mask is better than no mask, and we do encourage all Americans to wear a well-fitting mask to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19. That recommendation is not going to change," she said. 

"Most importantly, the best mask that you wear is the one you will wear and the one you can keep on all day long and tolerate in public indoor settings."

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization was more focused on vaccines.

WHO officials stressed Wednesday that global vaccine distribution is first priority in defeating the highly contagious Omicron variant, as well as other variants that may evolve. 

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