Masks

​Wear a Mask

Masks are an additional step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. They provide a barrier that keeps respiratory droplets from spreading. Wear a mask and take every day preventive actions in public settings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.  Masks are now required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

For optimal protection, CDC recommends choosing a mask that fits snugly against your face, has at least two layers, and completely covers your nose and mouth. 

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Double Masking

Masks help block respiratory droplets from spreading, by keeping your respiratory droplets in and others' out. Wearing two masks, or "double masking", can improve protection provided by masks. Double masking can also improve how your mask fits by pressing the inner mask closer to your face. This can reduce the amount of air that leaks around the edges of the masks. 

How to Properly Double Mask

  • The best way to double mask is wearing a disposable mask (surgical mask) underneath a cloth mask.
  • Ensure that breathing is not too difficult. Breathing might take more effort when wearing a mask that fits and filters better.
  • Ensure that vision is not obstructed. Adding an extra layer or mask could block vision. Reduced vision could lead to trips, falls, or other injuries.
  • Do not combine two disposable masks to create a double mask. Surgical masks are not designed to fit tightly and wearing a second surgical mask on top of the first does not help to improve the fit.
  • Do not combine a KN95 mask with any other masks. You should only use one KN95 mask at a time, and you should not use any type of second mask on top of or underneath a KN95 mask.

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