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During a crisis there is a need for the public to have correct information.
Update: We are aware the CDC has updated their mask guidance recently to recommend N95 masks. And this is good.
However, it is concerning that they had incorrect information on their website before telling people not to wear N95 masks.
We hope that they will have correct information in the future.
Senator Sanders is calling for Congress to ensure the proper distribution of N95 masks. He and 50 senators have also unveiled a bill to send N95 masks to all Americans.
We would also hope that the Biden Administration is aware that some N95 mask manufacturers are now at danger of going broke.
The death toll from Covid in the U.S. has reached 1 million people.
It is time for action. It is time to increase access to N95 masks.
We would also support the increased use of the KN95 China standard masks as well, since they have a similar performance to the U.S. standard N95 masks.
THE INCORRECT INFORMATION ABOUT N95 MASKS THAT WAS ON THE CDC'S WEBSITE
This is a screenshot from the CDC's Guide to Masks as of 1/18/22.
Notice the lower right-hand icon about N95 masks.
The guidance has fortunately been updated since then.
WHITE HOUSE COVID RESPONSE BRIEFING
Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials (White House, 1-12-22)
RESOURCES ON MASKS
Earth Future Action Resources on Face Masks
What’s the Difference Between N95 and KN95 Masks? (Smart Filters)
SANDERS BILL TO DISTRIBUTE N95 MASKS TO ALL
Read Bill Here - S.3486 (Congress.gov) Cosponsors
Sanders Reintroduces Legislation to Give Every American Lifesaving N95 Masks (Bernie Sanders Official Site, 1-12-22)
Sanders, 50 Democrats unveil bill to send N95 masks to all Americans (The Hill, 1-12-22)
As Omicron Surges, Sanders Says Congress Must Ensure Mass Distribution of N95 Masks (Common Dreams, 12-27-21)
NEWS STORIES ON MASKS
Walensky says CDC mask recommendation will not change (The Hill, 1-12-22)
CDC weighs recommending better masks against omicron variant (The Washington Post, 1-11-22)
Why we need to wear better masks (Axios, 1-11-22)
Why you should upgrade your mask as the Omicron variant spreads (CNN, 12-24-21)
U.S. mask makers say they're in danger of going broke (The Hill, 8-3-21)
U.S. Companies Making N95 Masks For COVID Struggle As Cheap Chinese Masks Return (NPR, 6-25-21)