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6 Things To Look For In A Face Mask

6 Things To Look For In A Face Mask

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In many places, you are already required to wear a cloth face covering. Of course, a cloth face mask is not foolproof protection from COVID-19, but it is much better than no mask. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough N95 or other medical masks in the U.S. for everyone. We need to save those masks for people on the frontline caring for those sick with COVID-19.

Here is what you should know about a good cloth face mask:

Sew or no-sew: Either sew or no-sew options are fine when used correctly. Do what’s reasonable for you. If you’re in a rush, go with a no-sew option. If you’re crafty, make your own mask at home. Or, order your masks locally or online.

Fabric: The best cloth masks will use at least 2 layers of a tightly woven cotton fabric. Look for a high thread count. This acts as a filter blocking respiratory droplets while still allowing you to breathe comfortable.

Filter: Some will have a space to slip in a filter for an added layer of protection. The CDC recommends adding coffee filters to homemade masks. Online you’ll find inserts from reusable fabric grocery bags made of polypropylene non-woven fibers, nylon fabric from pantyhose, paper towels, kitchen towels, bra pads, denim, and canvas to name a few.

Fit: You need to be able to breathe comfortably with the mask on so that you do not have to slip it off while you’re in public to take a breath. The face mask must have a snug fit from nose to under the chin and back towards the ears. It’s useless if there are gaps that allow the air in. Some face masks come in different sizes.

Ease of use: Once you find a face mask you like, it’s only as good as how you use it. Make sure you can easily untie or remove the loops from your face and pull the mask away from your face without being contaminated by touching the front of the mask. Infinity scarves are not a good option for masks because they’re hard to easily take on and off.

Durability: You should wash a cloth mask after each use, so look for reviews on durable masks that can handle wear and tear. If the mask loses shape, you will not be able to use it. If you add a filter, cleaning it will depend on what kind of filter is used. A coffee filter should be thrown away after each use.

Masking is a personal decision.

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