COVID-19

It’s time to double-mask

Leaders and health experts are recommending people wear two masks when they go out in public to better protect themselves from COVID.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering recommending people wear two masks when they go out in public. That’s according to the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The double mask has been employed by some very cautious people for months, but it’s become more prevalent as new variants of the coronavirus threaten to increase infection rates in the country.

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Doubling up on masks provides better protection against COVID-19 by making it harder for viral particles to make it through the fibers.

In an interview with NPR, Virginia Tech researcher Linsey Marr said a single mask only provides about 50% protection from COVID-19.

“We’re at the point now, though, with so many people who are infected and these more easily transmissible variants that we need better than 50%,” she said.

Of course, the standard requirements apply for two masks. You should wear them tightly over your mouth AND nose without any gaps around the edges.

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