Masking: let’s make it two!

Josselyn Cruz, Editor-in-Chief

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began and new virus strains coming from several countries, millions of people around the world have been wearing a mask in order to keep their family and loved one safe and not getting contracted from it.

The most common masks that people have been wearing are surgical masks, N95, and cloth masks. There are certain guidelines on how to properly wear a mask, especially double masking.

Surgical masks which are also known as disposable masks are available for the general public in which are most frequently used by healthcare workers. N95 masks are very close fitted that can block air particles of the virus.

It is recommended by CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) that the N95 masks are reserved to healthcare workers only and not to the general public. Cloth masks are being made from different fabric that is washable and reusable that many people can use daily.

According to the  CDC, people are required to wear a mask if they are ages two and older. Masks are required to wear when someone is going to a public location, using public transcription, meeting with a non-relative member, or someone has been contacted/exposed to the virus.

People have to wear their mask properly covered nose and mouth in order for the virus not to go through it. They need to fit the mask well in order not to have open gaps from the sides of the face. There are also other methods that people can improve their mask fitting including nose wires, mask fitters, braces, or knotting.

According to the CDC, double masking protects people by stopping virus transmission and giving double protection that people need. It is recommended that people’s first layer would be a surgical or N95 mask and then use a cloth mask on top of it.

It is not recommended to have double surgical masks or having N95 on top of the surgical mask.

Before going out of the  house, it is important to check masks to make sure they fit and the mask wearer can  breathe well so they can talk in a public setting, especially in double masking which is highly encouraged.