As coronavirus surges, it’s time to ditch cloth masks, experts say

“You have to mask better than before,” said epidemiologist Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of [public] health at UC Irvine. “In the face of the highly transmissible omicron, the cloth masks are pure theater,” Noymer said. “They don’t do anything …. the tiny particles squeeze “between the threads of a cloth mask.” … Noymer said people should wear better masks “until further notice.”