Should I Double Mask? well, Not ONE, but TWO masks are the
Double mask guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated their mask guidelines to endorse double masking. This is recommended because it gives better protection.
There are many types of masks “so, which mask should we layer?”
Keep reading to discover which masks SHOULD NOT be double layered.
When layering masks, the CDC explicitly says you should not use two disposable masks because “disposable masks are not designed to fit tightly and wearing more than one will not improve fit.”
The CDC recommends double masking by wearing one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask. When doing this, “the second mask should push the edges of the inner mask against your face,”.
For a mask to fit tightly, it must sit over your nose, under your chin, and against your cheeks without any gaps.
Are There any other masks that we shouldn’t double layer? The CDC also recommends not wearing more than one of these masks.
You should not combine a KN95 mask with any other mask.
This mask is very similar in protection to the N95 mask therefore no layering is needed. These masks are considered RESPIRATORS and provide a very close sealed fit so layering could cause problems including difficulty breathing.