By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — With Omicron now present in Sacramento, we turned to experts to see what they recommended.

Dr. Peter Juni, the head of Ontario’s Science Advisory Table, stated Friday that single-layer cotton face masks may not be sufficient to defend against Omicron.

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“The issue here is if you have a single-layer, the ability to filtrate is absolutely minimal and doesn’t make a difference whatsoever,” said Juni, who pointed to the use of KN95 respirators as a more effective option.

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Juni’s advice to avoid single-layer fabric face masks comes as some public health experts urge for a re-evaluation of masking recommendations, with a stronger emphasis on the use of respirators and medical masks over cloth masks.

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While caution is paramount, that doesn’t mean that we still shouldn’t enjoy the holidays. But remember, masks with two layers of protection and medical masks are a much better option when it comes to keeping you and your loved ones safe.