DISCLAIMER: We have provided some information about face masks. However, we don't claim that these masks are 100% effective, we don't make any guarantees that these masks will protect you from the virus. We are just providing resources.
A NOTE ON MASKS - UPDATED OCTOBER 2020
We aren't claiming to be an expert on masks. There is still much about face masks that remain unknown.
We know that N95 masks are the most protective, offering about 95-100% filtration rate.
In regards to other masks, some are better than others. Some are worse than nothing.
We don't have all the answers, but have posted resources below for those trying to learn more about this issue.
HOW TO PUT ON A MASK CORRECTLY
This may seem obvious, but some people get this wrong.
When putting on the mask, make sure it is facing the correct direction and do not put your fingers on the inside of the mask.
Also, try not to re-use disposable surgical masks. They are not meant for re-use.
DR. FAUCI NOW RECOMMENDS TWO MASKS
Fauci: Wearing two masks is better than one (New York Post, 1-25-21)
VIDEO: Dr. Anthony Fauci: It's 'common sense' to wear two masks instead of one (CNBC Television, 1-25-21)
KN95 FACE MASKS
DISCLAIMER: We cannot personally vouch for these masks. We are simply putting the information out there for those who are curious.
N95 masks are the most protective, offering about 95% filtration rate. However, these masks are in short supply.
A potential alternative is the KN95 masks, which are being produced by Chinese manufacturers.
The CDC has posted a list of these masks with their tested filtration rates.
The FDA has posted a list of which EUA (emergency use authorization) and NON-NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) have received their approval.
MASK USAGE IN EUROPE
Coronavirus: Face mask, face shield, FFP2, N95, KN95 — what's the difference? (DW, 1-19-21)
Europe’s growing mask ask: Ditch the cloth ones for medical-grade coverings (The Washington Post, 1-20-21)
STUDY ON FACEMASKS
Check Out Our Report Here (Earth Future Action)
The conventional wisdom is that masks will protect you from the Coronavirus.
Yet some masks are better than others. And studies have shown that some masks are actually worse than nothing.
Comparison of Mask Standards, Ratings, and Filtration Effectiveness (Smart Air)
WHERE TO GET MASKS
Cloth face-masks cannot guarantee that you will not get the Coronavirus,
but they are a good preventative measure for lowering the risk you will spread it to others.
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (CDC)
Best Sellers in Medical Masks on Amazon (Amazon)
Pack of 50 Disposable Face Masks (Amazon)
How to Make Your Own Fabric Face Mask (Health line)
How to Make a CDC-Approved Cloth Face Mask (Wired, 4-23-20)
Can homemade face masks help limit the spread of the Coronavirus? Scientists can't agree, but here's what you need to know (Business Insider)
STRATEGIES FOR OPTIMIZING THE SUPPLY OF FACE MASKS
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Face masks (CDC)
Can I Wear A Mask More Than Once? (Web MD)
BEWARE OF FAKE MASKS
N95 masks are in short supply -- and scammers know it (CNN)
Notes on re-using masks and using FDA approved masks (CDC)
How to check if your N95 respirator mask is real or fake (WBRC)
Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval (CDC)