Safety precautions that could help protect you against new COVID-19 variant

Experts suggest upgrading to multi-layer ones, or "double-masking." could help keep you safe against the emerging U.K. strain of the virus.
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If giannulli's request to go home early is denied he won't be reunited with them until mid-april. Many are asking what new safety measures are needed to protect against the new variant. Becky Worley has details. Good morning, Becky. Reporter: George, good preliminary research indicates the uk variant could be 50% more contagious than the original covid-19 strain. So how should that change our mask choices and protective practices? Covid hygiene. Wash, mask, distance. But with the CDC warning this new variant could sweep the country, what should we do different? Scientists still don't know exactly what makes the uk variant for contains but -- These mew takes all seem to point towards a more contagious version of this virus. This is probably because people who are infected with these particular variants are shedding more virus and so there's more virus coming from one person able to infect another person. Reporter: Or maybe the virus is more effective at infecting our cells. Whatever the reason, behavior matters now more than ever. So masks, should we be wearing different ones? CDC recommended cloth masks still work, the trick, using it consistently. But experts say it never hurts to don a mask with more layers. at the inauguration we saw people in these, kf-94 masks and kn-95s. They have between three and five Lacey of filtration and create more breathing space in front of the mouth for comfort. While true n95 masks are still being earmarked for medical professionals these alternative standards once difficult to find are now more available. Amazon offering seven pains of kn95s. Another option, double masking. Also on display in the capitol, a move experts say is good to do whenever possible. Another thing you can do is if you have a disposable mask, one of these surgical masks you can put that mask on and then a cloth mask on top of it. Only adds to the effectiveness of the filtration so long as it doesn't make you work that much you can't get the air you need. Public health officials urging us to double down on the basics, masks, hand hygiene and social distancing, all more important than ever, George. Those experts are also telling you they have specific warnings about indoor activity? That's right. They say we should continue to limit our time inside with people from outside of our households and when you are inside try to increase physical distance even more than you have I have to say on a personal note both my parents and my mother-in-law have received their first vaccinations. I didn't realize what a weight it's been on my shoulders worrying about them. This relief I'm feel something so strong, I just have to say the vaccines are right around the corner. We just have to hold on to our protective practices, doubling down on the basics. My parents got their first vaccine this week too. Wow. Some hope on the horizon. Thanks. Going to switch gears.

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