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Here’s a reminder on the best masks to fight COVID-19

A study from 2020 suggested the best masks to wear

The CDC is expected to change its mask guidance.
In this Friday, March 5, 2021 file photo, a restaurant worker holds his face mask in Biloxi, Miss
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Mask mandates are here again, and they’ll likely continue to come because of the delta variant.

Will there be masks again?

Per The New York Times, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention will likely recommend that fully vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors under certain situations again. This has come after much debate about the delta variant’s impact on fully vaccinated people.

Which masks should you wear?

A 2020 study from Florida Atlantic University revealed which masks might be better for combating COVID-19 than others. Researchers at Florida Atlantic University experimented with a number of different styles and materials to determine which could fight off the coronavirus.

  • In most cases, masks that had two layers of quality fabric had the best results against the coronavirus, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.
  • The experts reviewed masks made from T-shirts and handkerchiefs to the bandana-style makes and cone-style masks. The masks that had two layers of protection — like a KN95 or an N95 — tended to have the best results.

Which mask is best for delta variant?

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the quality of mask is important when fighting off the delta variant. He specifically said the KN95 mask or an N95 mask can protect you best.

  • “So it’s not more airborne and it’s not more likely to be permeable to a mask. So a mask can still be helpful,” Gottlieb said on “Face the Nation” show Sunday. “I think, though, if you’re going to consider wearing a mask, the quality of the mask does matter. So if you can get your hands on a KN95 mask or an N95 masks, that’s going to afford you a lot more protection.”