. European countries mandate medical-grade masks over homemade cloth face coverings « JO LEE MAGAZINE

CNN – The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) warned Thursday that new variants of the coronavirus could cause more hospitalizations and deaths across Europe, urging countries to start taking extra measures — from physical distancing, to quarantining and contact tracing — immediately.

Confronting new, more transmissible variants of the coronavirus and a winter spike in infections, a number of European countries are beginning to make medical-grade face masks mandatory in the hope that they can slow the spread of the disease. During a video summit on Thursday, EU leaders also weighed tougher border restrictions to limit non-essential travel and agreed to a common framework for rapid testing.

Read more on the effectiveness of different types of masks at CNN.

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