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What mask is best?
January 21, 2022
Girl wearing different types of masks

    With Omicron spreading rapidly, which mask is best?

    Infographic showing protection of various masksIt’s important to continue masking indoors and when distancing isn’t possible outdoors. Many people are considering upgrading their masks due to more contagious variants of COVID-19. So what kind of mask
    is best? 

    Cloth masks - Least protection

    • Cloth masks often have gaps around the sides; choose a mask that fits snugly and doesn’t gap
    • Can be washed and reused
    • Cloth masks with multiple layers are preferred
    • Avoid neck gaiters and bandanas that are less effective

    Surgical masks - Some protection

    • Disposable, typically used once
    • Contain a nose wire for secure fit
    • Multiple layers of material
    • Provide protection against droplets

    High filtration masks - Most protection

    • Seal tightly around face when used properly
    • Highest level of protection from particles, including the virus that causes COVID-19
    • Prevent your respiratory droplets and particles so you do not expose others
    • Do not wear if you have trouble breathing

    Mask Master - pro tips!

    • Choose a well-fitting mask that your child* can wear comfortably.
    • Double up if you don’t have access to a high filtration mask; wear a cloth mask with multiple layers or wear a cloth mask over a surgical mask.
    • Avoid masks with valves or other openings as they release respiratory droplets back into the air.
    • Continue to wear a mask indoors, even if you’re vaccinated.
    • While the vaccine is very effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19, breakthrough infection is possible due to variants of the virus.
    *Masks are not recommended for children under 2 or people whose special health care needs could prevent them from safely wearing a mask.

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