Why Cloth Face Masks?
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 the N95 respirators that are recommended for use in hospital and emergency room settings, these masks are a great, reusable option for daily use for the general public, and leave N95 respirators for hospital staff and other care providers.
For more information about the CDC recommendation and COVID 19 visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
Understanding 2-Ply and 3-Ply Cloth Face Masks
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, which are often referred to as daily wear and intended to be disposed of after wearing.
Reusable face masks are what the CDC recommends, in part because they do not deprive healthcare workers of 3-ply surgical masks or N95 respirators. The CDC states that they are primarily meant to prevent you from infecting other people and that they may be partially protective as they may prevent you from touching your nose and mouth while you wear them.
One primary difference is the permeability. For some, 2-ply is more comfortable while for others, 3-ply is the preference. We offer 2-ply and 3-ply masks so you can choose what’s right for you. Both reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Not only are they washable and reusable but some are made with antimicrobial material, which helps to reduce bacteria growth and bad odors.