When the Covid-19 pandemic first hit the United States, health officials, including the Surgeon General and those on the White House Coronavirus Task Force told Americans that there was no reason for them to wear a face mask. Things have obviously changed dramatically since then, with face coverings being mandated across the country. Now, doctors are advising people that they should even wear two masks.
Speaking to NBC News TODAY on Monday, White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that wearing two face masks “likely does” give the wearer more protection than just one mask.
“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. “That’s the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95.”
The CDC is not yet recommending that people double mask, but the idea has been gaining traction in the scientific community. Researchers say that double masking creates an “obstacle course” for Covid-19, lowering the wearer’s risk of infection, and studies have shown that multiple layers can block 50%-70% of droplets and fine particles that contain Covid-19.
So, is it time that we begin wearing two face masks when going out in public? Maybe, but it would probably take some time for it to become commonplace.