CDC has updated its consumer webpage describing the types of masks and respirators used to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. These changes include:
- Added information to present similar content for masks and respirators.
- Clarification that people can choose respirators such as N95s and KN95s, including removing concerns related to supply shortages for N95s.
- Clarification that “surgical N95s” are a specific type of respirator that should be reserved for healthcare settings.
- Clarification that some types of masks and respirators provide more protection to the wearer than others.