It appears Guilford County will impose a mask mandate of some kind in the near future.

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan noted, because of the data currently available about the efficacy of masks, that there was some question about what a new mask mandate would entail.

In the meeting that Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston had with the mayors of the towns and cities in the county on Monday, Jan. 3, Vaughan said, “There was some conversation about double masking.”

Vaughan noted that the original ordinance the City of Greensboro invoked was for a “face covering.”  She added, “Now they are saying it really needs to be an N95 or a KN95 and I don’t have one of those.”

The City of Greensboro masks that most members of the City Council and city employees wear at City Council meetings are single-ply cloth masks, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website are not recommended.  The CDC website recommends at least double cloth masks.

Vaughan said, “Obviously, I don’t know that we can require that people wear the N95 because I don’t know of their availability and their cost.  But the county could tweak it for double masking, I just don’t know.”

Actually, the CDC website recommends against people wearing N95 masks and states, “those should be prioritized for healthcare personnel.”

The CDC website also states, “Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it.  If you have to touch/adjust your mask often, it doesn’t fit your properly, and you may need to find a different mask or make adjustments.”

According to the CDC, cloth masks should be washed “at least once a day. If you have a disposable face mask, throw it away after wearing it once.  Always wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.”

The CDC website also states that you should wear a mask that “Covers your nose and mouth and can be secured under your chin.”