February 11, 2021

The CDC just outlined 5 tips to make your face mask more protective

[Business Insider, AP]

  • Public-health experts are underscoring the importance of layered masks that are tightly sealed.
  • As new variants spread in the US, the CDC outlined five helpful tips to make masks more protective.
  • The tips include double-masking and using nose wires and mask braces.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, double masked during a White House coronavirus task force briefing on November 19. 
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Vaccines may be critical to ending the pandemic, but masks remain one of our best individual weapons against the coronavirus.

As new, more infectious variants spread across the US, public-health experts have underscored the importance of making sure masks are layered and sealed tightly.

The CDC tested single masks, double masks (surgical and cloth on top), and knotted and tucked masks. 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The bottom line: “You really want to protect your eyes, nose, and mouth from other people’s air space,” Dr. Alice Sato, an epidemiologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, told Insider.

But not all masks are designed with the same level of protection in mind.

On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined five helpful tips to make masks more protective.

Most of the tips involve basic surgical masks, which studies have found are highly effective — when worn properly — at blocking respiratory droplets and smaller airborne particles called aerosols.

By Aria Bendix 

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