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Double The Mask, Double The Protection? What Employers Should Know About CDC’s Latest Double-Mask Guidance


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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the use of a face
mask to help stop the spread of the virus. State and local governments followed suit, in some cases issuing directives
requiring masks be worn in public areas, including the workplace. Yesterday, the CDC released a new report and guidance urging
Americans to “double-mask” — wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask — to slow the spread of COVID-19 and the more
contagious variants of the virus. While the CDC’s latest guidance merely encourages double-masking, employers may want to track
this recent development so that you are prepared to quickly pivot if compliance changes take place. Here’s what employers need to
know about the February 10 release.