How effective are free, reusable masks at protecting against Covid-19?
Face masks have generally been proven to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19. They can also help prevent other viral infections.
Reusable face covering became a simple and easy option at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak before reusable masks became rampant. However, research shows that when compared to single-use (“surgical”) masks, even homemade cloth face coverings offer better protection.
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For those outside the medical field, reusable masks, especially those with good filters, are usually the best alternative. They are more environmentally friendly, more comfortable, available in different designs, and offer adequate protection and filtration, especially when filters are included.
To ensure adequate protection, durability and comfort, review some of the key items in a reusable mask. Here are some of the most important:
Highly efficient filters
The fabric is soft and machine washable
UV protection included
What is the best way to wear my reusable mask?
If you don't know how to wear a mask properly, it won't work. When wearing a mask, make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth.
Some people don't cover their mouths and wear masks through their noses. What's the point of wearing a mask if it's not worn properly?
Then make sure the mask fits snugly on both sides of the nose and under the chin. Lastly, your mask should fit snugly against your face while allowing you to breathe freely.