DOUBLE MASK FOR SAFETY: CDC Says Double-Masking May Offer More COVID-19 Protection

February 10, 2021

Today, CDC officials urged Americans to consider wearing two masks as one of several strategies to better protect themselves against the threat of more contagious variants of the coronavirus.

The CDC released new research on February 10 that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronaviru. Those findings prompted new guidance on how to improve mask fit at a time of concern over fast-spreading variants of the virus.

For optimal protection, the CDC says to make sure the mask fits snugly against your face and to choose a mask with at least two layers.

The CDC's guidance on improving mask fit now recommends:

1. Wearing a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask

2. Choosing a mask with a nose wire, which prevents air from leaking out along the top

3.  Using a mask fitter or brace over a disposable or cloth mask, to prevent air from leaking out. These small, reusable devices cinch a cloth or medical mask to create a tighter fit and improve mask performance.

4.  Make sure your mask fits snugly over your nose, mouth and chin: "If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath," the CDC says.

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