KN95 vs. cloth mask: Vidant Health officials talk about which is best


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – There’s new guidance on face coverings with omicron spreading rapidly.

In addition to getting vaccinated, washing your hands, and social distancing, the NC Department of Health & Human Services is also urging people to wear KN95, N95 and/or surgical masks. The KN95 masks are higher quality and more layered than the cloth face coverings.

Vidant Medical Center officials say what type of mask to wear for the omicron variant is not black and white.

“And we at Vidant Health that’s not new to COVID. That’s the case with (Tuberculosis), that’s the case with measles, you know, for instance, varicella, things we have been dealing with for a long time. And the more airborne a virus is, the more you need things like a KN95, or a lot of times in the US the standard is the N95,” said Dr. T. Ryan Gallaher, Vidant Health infectious disease specialist.

Gallaher also added that they are looking into this more.

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