A new report by the CDC suggests wearing 2 face masks can help reduce coronavirus exposure.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC are now recommending wearing 2 masks to block 95% of virus particles.
The CDC guidance followed the release of an agency study that shows double masking boosts protection from aerosolized particles.
"The bottom line is this: Masks work and they work best when they have a good fit and are worn correctly," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing on Wednesday.
Dr. Fauci recently said "there's no data that indicates that [double masking] is going to make a difference."
Fauci on double masking:
“There’s no data that indicates that that is going to make a difference” pic.twitter.com/ptVivQfuwt
— Eli Klein (@TheEliKlein) January 31, 2021
This isn't the first time Fauci has flip-flopped on coronavirus recommendations.
In March 2020, Dr. Fauci said a mask was less effective than good hand washing.
This week, the CDC issued guidelines to properly wear face masks for a snug fit.
The following guidelines ensure a snug fit against the face because gaps in the mask can let in air and virus particles.
Make sure you can breathe while wearing 2 masks.
The CDC says wearing 2 masks is safe for those of you who don't have breathing problems or respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD.
If you feel lightheaded or dizzy from breathing in your own carbon dioxide while wearing 2 masks, consider that you might be having a panic attack, which can trigger sudden feelings of suffocation, according to health.com.