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In a matter of weeks, face masks went from being considered unnecessary, and possibly harmful, to mandatory in many places across the U.S. You’re forgiven if you’ve got a bit of whiplash. Currently, the scientific consensus is that face masks are at least somewhat effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, and both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing a cloth face covering. But which mask should you choose? Is the hand-stitched one your father-in-law made just as good as the one produced by your favorite fashion retailer? Are disposable surgical masks just as good? How many layers of fabric...

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Cloth face masks can’t always arrive as quickly as we want them to. With shipping and handling being bogged down with mass amounts of online orders, sometimes it’s hard to get everything in a timely fashion! DIY face masks are a quick and easy alternative for individuals who are on a budget or need a mask quick. Not all DIY need a sewing needle to be fulfilled and generally use household items.     This video shows a simple way to make a mask quick only using a bandana and two hair ties. Although bandanas might not offer the level of protection that cloth...

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In order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC now recommends everyone wear non-medical face masks in public. This is especially important in settings where social distancing can be difficult, like grocery stores, pharmacies, and on subways and buses (which are still being used on a daily basis by essential workers). According to Dr. Sten Vermund, an infectious-disease epidemiologist and dean of the Yale School of Public Health who recently published a study on the subject, “many types of masks can essentially block droplet transmission. If you aerosolized the virus it might seep through a lot of masks, but when most people cough, the aerosol released is a small...

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Sometimes referred to as fashion masks, cloth face masks come in all shapes and sizes with different levels of protection. When worn correctly, they can be a great way to protect others from the spread of COVID-19. But with all of the cloth options out there, how do you choose what is best for you?   Cloth face masks are typically described as 1-ply, 2-ply, 3-ply, etc., so let’s start there. A “ply” is a layer of material and the number of “plys” tells you how many layers of material are used in the mask. Masks that are 2-ply and 3-ply provide more protection when compared to the basic 1-ply,...

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With the fallout from COVID-19 still uncertain in communities across the US and the world, cloth face masks are becoming the new normal. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus and lower the risk of transmitting the virus through respiratory particles expelled through coughing, sneezing, and even when speaking.  Because it is possible to carry the virus even if a person doesn’t feel sick or have any symptoms, cloth masks are seen as a courtesy to the community and a viable solution to help slow the spread of the virus. It is recommended that they are worn in public places, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential businesses.  While cloth face masks are not comparable to...

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