Thursday, February 11, 2021

Are two masks better than one? Double masking 'just makes common sense' to help prevent COVID-19 spread, Fauci says

They say two heads are better than one, but can the same be said for masks?

The answer is yes, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

“So, 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 told "NBC News’ TODAY" on Monday. “That’s the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95.”

Double masking was in the spotlight last week during President Joe Biden’s inauguration, where several high-profile officials and celebrities were photographed wearing two masks.

Pete Buttigieg, Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Transportation, tweeted a photo of himself wearing a surgical mask underneath a cloth black mask. Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old inaugural poet, also wore a surgical mask underneath a fashionably studded, red cloth one.

A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Matter in July found that wearing two masks could increase protection from virus particles by 50% up to 75%. It not only added an extra layer of protection but also made the mask fit snugger around the face, said study author Dr. Loretta Fernandez

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