Wearing two masks can help against new variants from SA and UK, says Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on June 30, 2020.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases within the US and chief medical advisor to the US president, endorses double-masking.

Health officials have lengthy been advising folks to put on a material masks with three layers of protection, or a surgical or N95 masks, to guard against the novel coronavirus.

But some people, including many at the inauguration, have been doubling up on masks – layering them to create an additional barrier of safety. 

READ | A R1,500 high-quality for not sporting a masks – and double that for breaking curfew

According to Fauci, it is a good suggestion, notably in mild of extra transmissible variants of the coronavirus, first recognized in the UK and South Africa.

“If you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective,” Fauci said on NBC News’ TODAY. “That’s the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N-95.” 

How to double-mask

The sort of masks you double up on will have an effect on the extent of safety it gives.

As Business Insider’s Anna Medaris Miller beforehand reported, it is a good suggestion to make use of a surgical masks or an N95 in your layering.

For instance, it is higher to make use of a double-layered material masks for the surface layer and a disposable surgical masks for the within, reasonably than utilizing two single-layered masks collectively. 

The three layers each serve an individual purpose: the surface layer protects against splashes and droplets, the center layer filters, and the underside layer absorbs issues like saliva and sweat. 

Another technique to double layer might be utilizing a two-layered material masks with a face protect on prime, although there’s some proof that masks may be more protective than shields

Double layering doesn’t suggest you must let your guard down. Public well being officers say most of the people ought to nonetheless use social distancing practices, wash their fingers usually, and keep away from gathering indoors. 

Back to top button