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Double masking for Covid protection: a trend with a goal

Double masking for Covid protection: a trend with a goal”

"In the face of more virulent strains of coronavirus, doubling up your face masks just "makes common sense" as it is likely to be more effective, according to the US" top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci. They are likely more effective than cloth face coverings, Ferrer said. "And that's the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of N95".

One advantage of KN95 masks is that they may be easier to use for the public than the gold-standard respiratory mask used by medical professionals in the US, the N95 mask.

While wearing two masks has not been recommended in any official guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it nonetheless has picked up steam as a new mitigation effort.

"We're noticing a lot of people are wearing masks that simply don't measure up", said Dr. Craig Jenne, an infectious disease expert based out of Calgary.

Linsey Marr, a Virginia Tech engineering professor who has researched mask effectiveness a year ago, tells the Post, "Those standard cloth masks might be around 50 percent effective in terms of protecting yourself".

Through the South African summer, wearing a three-layered face mask can be torture! Specifically, you should try wearing a well-fitted cloth mask over a surgical mask or a mask with two layers of tightly woven fabric with a filter, such as a vacuum bag, in between.

On Inauguration Day, transportation secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg and his husband took a picture double masking and inaugural poet Amanda Gorman also wore a surgical mask underneath her Prada mask. "Nothing has changed, its just we're noticing people are trying to, but not quite meeting the mask recommendations". The commentary, authored by Monica Gandhi and Linsey C Marr, shows that wearing a surgical mask under a cloth mask offers better protection against viruses as the surgical mask acts as a filter and the cloth mask provides an extra layer of filtration, while also improving the fit.

For months now, the CDC has recommended mask wearing to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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He says wearing two of the disposable surgeons masks you often see could result in you drawing in more air from the sides, which means you might not be increasing your own protection.

"I always felt the cloth masks that people were giving me (weren't) quite tight enough", he said.

However, cotton masks (especially doubled up) are still useful in preventing COVID. "If a mask doesn't' fit properly, for example, if it's loose around the nose, you're better off getting a mask with a nose wire to help with the seal than an N95 mask".

Marr says such a three-layer mask can block out 75 percent of small particles and at least 90 percent of larger ones. "We definitely have a variety to choose from and comfort is the 2nd most important objective next to feeling safe".

Of course, you still need to wear the masks correctly, or you risk not being adequately protected.

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As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, more-contagious variants of the virus are beginning to circulate in the US.

President Joe Biden has embraced masks as a core strategy for ending the pandemic, mandating face coverings on planes, airports and all federal buildings. Dr. Banerjee explained that the new variants may have an easier time binding to human cells.

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