The CDC Wants Your Masks to Meet New Standards

Published December 20, 2021

Thomas Russo, chief of infectious disease in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was quoted in a Yahoo! News story about how the CDC now has very specific recommendations on what, exactly, to look for in a face mask. That includes newer designations issued by ASTM International and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) that help specify exactly which masks in the U.S. are considered high quality. Russo said it’s slightly tricky.  “This is imperfect because the ASTM and NIOSH hasn’t been able to review and inspect all masks that are widely available,” said Russo. “But, if your mask does have the standard of approval, at least you know what you’re getting.” The article also appeared on MSN Canada.