Covid-19: Can Double-Masking Give You Double Protection?
India is witnessing a deadly second wave of coronavirus with a cocktail of different mutants of the virus in the market and new symptoms being reported. In 2021, the virus has become smarter, contagious and finding new ways to attack us! To fight a smarter virus, our fighting mechanism must be tweaked a little. Though one of the primary things is to stay at home, if you are the bread-winner of your family or staying in is not an option for you, then you must go for double-masking
According to a study conducted by the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), double-masking can actually reduce the covid exposure by 96.4%.
“When a person wears one mask on top of another, it is termed as ‘double masking’. The outer mask can apply gentle pressure to the edges of the inner mask and create a better seal. As the virus is spread through respiratory droplets, layers of a mask can help increase its filtration and also provide protection if someone around you sneezes or coughs,” said Dr Kirti Sabnis, infectious disease specialist, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan.
When To Go For Double-Masking?
People who are travelling to crowded places like airports, railway station, bus stands or people who are using public transport for commutation.
The Ideal Combination Of Double-Masking
- Two cloth masks, one cloth mask on a 3ply mask, or one cloth mask on top of a surgical mask.
- If you are in overcrowded places, you can use a face shield along with a mask.
- If you are using an N95 mask, double-masking is not required.
- Children can avoid double-masking.
Masking – Dos
- Wear your mask to cover your nose, chin and mouth properly.
- Do not forget to sanitise your hands after removing your mask.
- Keep changing your mask with a new one at frequent intervals; avoid using the same mask for a long time.
- Double-masking can give you better protection but keep maintaining social distancing.
- Never share your masks with your family members.
- Wash your used masks daily with hot water.
Masking – Don’ts
- Your mask should properly cover your mouth, chin, and nose area, so never wear your mask around your neck area.
- Avoid touching your mask.
- Never remove your mask while speaking or sneezing.
- Don’t put a mask on a child younger than two years.