NEW YORK (AP) – What’s the latest advice on what kind of mask I should wear?
It depends on your situation, but health officials say it should cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly so that there is no space on the sides of your face.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also says to choose masks with two or more layers and a nasal thread to prevent air from escaping through the top. He suggests holding your mask to check if it’s blocking light, which means the fabric will likely filter out more particles.
If you want extra protection, experts also suggest wearing two masks or pairing them with a mask installer to make sure they don’t leave any gaps.
It’s also important to find a comfortable mask so that you actually wear it, says Laura Kwong, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
If supplies are available, people can opt for N95 disposable masks for personal use, the CDC says in updated guidance. These masks are considered to be the most effective at blocking viral particles. The agency previously said N95 masks should be reserved for healthcare workers, but supplies have since increased.
For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, alternative face coverings such as clear masks or cloth masks with clear plastic panels are recommended. Health officials say transparent medical masks should be a priority for health workers and patients who need them.
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