The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recently updated their guidelines with respect to mask wearing. The CDC now states that wearing a face mask is not only important for people to protect others, but that, wearing a face mask also protects the person wearing it.
When it comes to selecting the best and most effective face masks, the CDC provides the following guidelines.
- Face masks should include at least 2 layers.
- Face masks should cover a person’s nose AND mouth.
- Face masks should not be worn by children under 2 years of age, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove a face mask without assistance.
- People should NOT wear medical grade (i.e. N95) face masks as those are intended and currently needed by our healthcare workers.
- The CDC does not currently recommend the wearing of face shields on their own. More research is needed to determine the effectiveness of face shields.
- The CDC is still gathering information on neck gaiters with respect to structure and material.
Moreover, the CDC states that face masks should NOT have gaps on the side of one's face or under one's chin. These gaps allow particles to escape.
Taking off a face mask or pulling it down defeats the entire purpose of mask wearing. It is essential that people wear face masks in public so that the country can reopen safely!
The information above is from the CDC website (click here).