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Double Face masks for COVID-19 – how to wear them and other things you should know

Wearing double face masks creates a strong barrier against the COVID-19 virus CDC

  • Using face masks is an important tool in the fight against the corona virus.
  • Now, new studies have determined that double masks offer up to 95% protection against the spread of this disease.
  • The US CDC recommends using surgical face masks in combination with cloth masks.
  • Find out the best way to wear double face masks.

(Disclaimer: This should not be considered medical advice. Please check with your doctor on medical procedures.)

Double masks to prevent COVID-19 is another protective measure that you can make use of, to reduce your chances of getting infected. Double masks refer to the practice of wearing two masks, helping create a stronger barrier against COVID-19.

The Research conducted by the United State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that double surgical masks can reduce your exposure to the Coronavirus by up to 95%.

 Before we get started, there are two important things for you to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face. This is important because a mask that does not fit properly can leak respiratory droplets in and out, making it ineffective.
  • A mask with layers offers better protection, as it creates a stronger barrier for respiratory droplets.

How to wear double face masks properly

According to multiple studies conducted by the US CDC, double masks can prove to be very effective in preventing the spread of the Corona Virus. However, this is only applicable when you wear your both mask properly.

        There are two ways of wearing double face masks properly.

1. Using a surgical mask with cloth face masks

Double masks for COVID-19 – how to wear them and other things you should know
Combine a surgical mask with a cloth mask US CDC

Normal Fabric Cloth masks alone are not useful to prevent coronavirus spread, but pairing it with a 3 layer surgical mask drastically increases the protection.

Doing this is very simple, too. First, wear the 3 layers of a surgical mask and then the cloth mask on top of it.

United States CDC suggests that the Fabric cloth mask should push the edges of the surgical mask against your face. In simple words, the cloth mask should offer a tight, snug fit on your face.

2. Knotting the ear loops of a 3-ply surgical face mask

The second method is to knot the ear loops of a 3-ply surgical mask. Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide on how to do this:

Pick a mask with nose wires

 Another important aspect to consider while choosing a face mask is that it should have a nose wire.

Masks with nose wires offer a snug fit CDC
Masks with nose wires offer a snug fit CDC


High-quality surgical face masks come with an embedded nose wire on one side. When you wear the mask, push the nose wire so it closes any gaps that may be present.

Some other masks come with a metal wire, which offers an even more snug fit.

Double masks – Don’ts

The US CDC says that you should not:

  1. Combine two surgical face masks as they are not designed to fit tightly.
  2. Combine an N95 mask with any other mask.

Note: Normal N95 Face masks offer 95% protection already, along with a tight & snug fit, so you should not combine them with other masks.

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