Any mask is better than no mask, officials are emphasizing after new COVID-19 guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These guidelines now make clear that cloth masks aren’t as effective disposable N95 masks. But while some have interpreted this as cloth masks now being useless, experts maintain that it’s still much better than nothing. “If that’s what you have, then what you really need to do is be (mindful) in social distancing, of staying the six feet away, avoiding large crowds, avoiding superspreader events if you’re only going with cloth,” said Dr. Reynold Panettieri Jr., Vice Chancellor of Translational Medicine and Science a professor of medicine at Rutgers University. “(It’s about) recognizing that cloth is not as good as other materials.” To read the full story.