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CDC Updates Mask Guidance for Visitors

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance to recommend that people visiting health care facilities use the most protective form of source control, including N-95 masks.  

Health care facilities may choose to offer well-fitting face masks for visitors, but should allow the use of a clean mask or respirator with higher level protection for those  who prefer to do so. Masks and respirators used for source control should be changed if they become visibly soiled, damaged, or hard to breathe through.