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With evolving information on COVID-19 and in particular the highly contagious Omicron variant, it’s essential for frontline cleaning staffs, distributors and facility managers alike to have the latest details on different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and how effective different options are. Having the right information on hand is crucial for developing health and safety protocols that best protect both employees and building occupants. In line with this, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention recently (CDC) updated its website describing the outlining the various types of respirators and masks used to prevent the spread of the virus.

Specifics include preferred designs and scenarios in which people should wear cloth or procedure masks, what to look for on a label to ensure a mask meets standards, and when the use of a respirator is recommended. As more information is gathered on COVID-19, the CDC will periodically update the guidance as the year progresses.

Additionally, guidelines are listed for use of masks in K-12 schools and age parameters for when kids should wear masks. As it stands, anyone over the age of two are recommended to wear masks, and for areas of high transmission they are recommended universally regardless of age or vaccine status. Children with underlying health conditions such as heart or lung problems are recommended to consult healthcare providers for the optimal mask design and fit.

Check out the complete updated guidance here