People should upgrade their masks as omicron spreads
As the omicron variant spreads, medical experts say people should consider upgrading their mask.
Illinois State Medical Society President Elect Clarence Brown said with the highly transmissible omicron variant taking hold, people should look at trading cloth masks for medical grade supplies for maximum protection.
"N95 masks are the gold standard. The medical grade masks are a close second, the cloth masks are a really good attempt, and all of them are better than not wearing a mask," he said.
Brown said the initial recommendation for cloth masks was made to help conserve supplies for healthcare providers. But now that supply shortages are easing, he said people should think about changing the way they mask.
The CDC recommends everyone wear a mask in indoor settings or in areas of high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.