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Micaiah Carter for GQ Style

The Centers for Disease Control has changed its guidance on face masks once again. This time the CDC emphasizes that face masks protect you, rather than just the people around you.

The CDC's old guidance, which changes with the political climate, claimed face masks don't protect you, they protect those around you.

The CDC's updated guidance also advocates cloth masks over the blue surgical masks littering beaches and city landscapes.

According to the CDC: "Studies demonstrate that cloth mask materials can also reduce wearers' exposure to infectious droplets through filtration, including filtration of fine droplets and particles less than 10 microns."

The coronavirus is 1 micron or less.

The CDC suggests wearing multiple layers of cloth with higher thread counts such as silk, which the CDC claims filters "nearly 50% of fine particles less than 1 micron."

The CDC maintains that silk "may help repel moist droplets and reduce fabric wetting and thus maintain breathability and comfort."

About the cover

Maryland rapper IDK, real name Jason Mills, is pictured above on the cover of British GQ Style issue 31.

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IDK, who was born in London, is the first artist ever to creative direct his own GQ cover, which was shot by Micaiah Carter.

IDK (Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge) explains, "The cloth represents roots. The doll represents youth. And I represent the 70 per cent [sic], which is education."
 

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