What kind of mask is best?

By Dr. Jason Bowling

What kind of mask is best? The one on your face.

Dr. Jason Bowling explains the pros and cons of the most commonly used masks, and how they are one of the best tools for preventing the spread of COVID-19, along with good hand hygiene and physical distancing (he notes that states with higher mask use have lower infection rates).

You’ll also get a quick review of good mask etiquette, an explanation of the recent controversy over neck gaiters, and what the Duke study really means (hint: it raises more questions than answers).

We’ll look at:

  • The N95
  • The Surgical Mask
  • The Cloth Mask
  • Masks with Valves
  • The Bandana
  • The Neck Gaiter

For more information on the neck gaiter study, this Science News article breaks it down.


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