CDC Urges Use of ‘Most Protective Mask You Can’: COVID Update | Coronavirus Pandemic News

Even as new cases pile up in record numbers, the recommendations do not promote the use of N95 respirators nationwide.

The U.S. has revised its guidelines for Americans to wear masks to protect against the coronavirus, recommending wearing “the most protective mask you can” while not advocating the use of N95 respirators nationwide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement posted on its website that “people have options for respirators such as N95s and KN95s, including addressing concerns related to N95 supply shortages.”

On Friday, the United States reported about 1,800 new deaths and 780,000 new COVID-19 infections each day, the most in the world. But official health data from New York and other major cities also show that the Omicron wave is starting to fade.

Other developments:

  • Canada expects a surge in Omicron to put pressure on the healthcare system in the coming weeks, Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam said.
  • There is growing confidence that the Omicron coronavirus variant is less severe in adults, the UK’s Health Security Agency said.

Here are the latest updates from Saturday:

Omicron spread to southern China city bordering Macau

The southern Chinese city of Zhuhai announced on Saturday that it had suspended public bus routes after the city detected at least seven cases of the highly transmitted Omicron coronavirus variant and warned residents not to leave the city.

The coastal city bordering gambling hub Macau said late Friday that Omicron had been found in one mildly ill patient and six asymptomatic patients after mass testing for a case in a neighboring city.

China is battling a spate of coronavirus outbreaks, including several from Omicron variants, that have forced millions into strict lockdowns as the country ramps up virus vigilance ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Omicron wave causes shortage of health workers in Brazil

Brazil’s health centers are facing massive staffing shortages amid the latest wave of coronavirus cases driven by a highly contagious variant of Omicron.

In São João de Meriti, outside Rio de Janeiro, authorities have had to adjust to furloughs of up to 40% of medical staff due to COVID-19.

Brazil reported 112,286 new coronavirus cases and 251 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours late Friday, raising the total number of cases to nearly 23 million and the death toll to at least 620,796, the country’s health ministry said. . Pandemic.