Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that when it comes to wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus, it "makes common sense" that more than one layer of masking would be more effective.
There is no specific research on how well face coverings work against new variants of the virus, including the more transmissible variant from the United Kingdom that has been detected in at least 22 states in the United States.
Fauci said on Mondy during the "TODAY" show on NBC "So, 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."
Fortunately, all of our masks are not only a out covering but also have a filter pouch and come with filters to further help prevent the spread of contaminants.
During a White House briefing last week Facui was asked whether the new variant would make masks less effective, he said that on the contrary, the variants are "the reason why you absolutely should be wearing a mask."
Dr. Marybeth Sexton, an assistant professor of infectious diseases at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, agrees with Fauci's view.
The new variants "may lead people who have them to have a higher amount of virus in their nose, in their mouth, so that when they breathe or talk or cough or sing, they may put more viral particles out in the environment than the average person," she said.
But, Sexton added, "that should not be a huge problem if everybody has a mask on."
If worn correctly, face coverings are expected to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, no matter the variant.
"If that wasn't plainly obvious six months ago, it surely is now," said Cameron Wolfe, an infectious diseases expert and an associate professor of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine.
Which mask should you wear?
The key is to strike a balance between comfort and effectiveness.
For those opting for cloth masks, Segal recommends "two layers of high-quality cotton material with a relatively high thread count." Which our masks offer.
No matter what type of mask is used, the most important thing is to wear it correctly, which is why our masks are comfortable.
"I worry more about people wearing masks down on their chins, not covering their mouths and noses, than I do about what the mask is made of," said Dr. Richard Besser, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a former acting director of the CDC.
Indeed, "the best quality mask is frankly the one that you wear the right way for the longest amount of time when you're interacting with other people," Wolfe, of Duke University, said.
Face coverings should extend from the top of the nose to the chin without gaps on the sides.
"If your nose is sticking out, it's entirely useless," Segal said.