Top health official: Use surgical masks, not cloth ones

Health Ministry Deputy Director General Itamar Grotto is recommending that Israelis discard cloth masks in favor of surgical ones, Channel 12 reports.

The recommendation is updated in light of the British coronavirus variant, which is believed to be more infectious, though not more deadly.

Israelis, wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shop in the central market of Israel’s coastal city of Netanya on December 27, 2020, ahead of a third lockdown (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)
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