The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned people that cloth masks do not offer protection from smoke from fires, raising questions and criticism on Twitter.
“Cloth masks which are used to slow the spread of COVID-19 by blocking respiratory droplets offer little protection against smoke from fires “, the CDC website warned this week in response to several major wildfires that break out in the western United States. “They don’t capture small harmful particles in the smoke that can harm your health.”
“And here @cdcgov warning that ordinary masks (not N95) will do nothing to protect you from smoke from fires because “they do not catch small particles”, ex New York Times Reporter Alex Berenson, a vocal critic of coronavirus blockages, tweeted. “Fun fact: the smoke particles are much larger than #SARS-CoV-2. Your mask protects … well, nobody. “
And here @cdcgov warning that ordinary masks (not N95) will do nothing to protect you from smoke from fires because they “don’t catch small particles”.
Fun fact: smoke particles are much larger than #SARS-CoV-2.
Your mask protects … well, nobody. pic.twitter.com/sFJzzGNLVa
– Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson)
11 September 2020
The Washington Times reported several other Twitter users responding to the news with comments like “If that makes sense, public education has let you down!” and “CV virions are 0.125 microns while most of the smoke particles can be seen with the naked eye. Please stop lying to us. Masks don’t work for CV.”
More than 3 million acres have been burned in California and President Trump will visit the area on Monday to observe the devastation.
“Since mid-August, President Trump and Governor Newsom have spoken by telephone, and the White House and FEMA have remained in constant contact with state and local officials throughout the response to these natural disasters,” said a special assistant from the president in a statement.