What type of mask is best?
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Since the coronavirus first began spreading around the globe, people have debated how effective masks are at preventing COVID-19. A year and a half in, what does the evidence show?
Layering face masks has been suggested as a way to increase protection against COVID-19 variants that may be more transmissible.
Are two face masks better than one? Adding layers of filtration by double masking is a way of using the masks that we already have, possibly to better effect.
Although cloth masks have been widely adopted, many people still have questions about them.
Epidemiologists reviewed 25 studies of cloth face masks. Here’s what they found out about how well they work, why they work, who they protect and why the mosquito and chain-link fence analogy is wrong.
From a purely environmental perspective, owning multiple reusable face masks, and machine-washing them together, is the best option.
A few simple pointers can help you spot a quality mask from a dud.
Contaminated masks are an infection risk. Here’s how to clean them properly.
Like mother, like daughter.
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It’s easier said than done, acknowledges a nursing professor with four children. But it’s going to be necessary during the coronavirus pandemic.
The more layers your mask has, the better, our new research confirms.
Make sure the bottom of the mask is pulled down over your chin so it covers your nose and mouth.
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Masks are only effective if you follow certain principles when wearing them.
Evidence is growing that when masks are worn by nearly everyone, it can slow coronavirus transmission.
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Recommendations around mask usage are confusing. The science isn’t. Evidence shows that masks are extremely effective to slow the coronavirus and may be the best tool available right now to fight it.