When double masking was first introduced some people questioned if it would be effective. Texas and Mississippi announced the end of mask mandates on Tuesday. Following the announcement some people are wondering if they should double up or even mask at all.
Louisiana's Blue Cross Blue Shields Medical Director Larry Simon says double masking just makes sense.
"The thicker the mask, the better it works. Alright, two-layer and three-layer masks work way better than one. In fact the CDC actively discourages single cloth layer masks, they want at least two." Dr. Larry Simon said
Considering the number of people who travel through louisiana, Simon says it's better to wear a disposable mask than a cloth mask… which holds more germs.
"You have what we call fomites, you just have particles all over you and what you don't want to do is say go to the grocery store with a double plaque cloth mask. It gets covered in stuff and then comes home and is within a couple feet of someone who's immunocompromised." Dr. Larry Simon said
Now if you want a cloth mask Simon says buy them in bulk because you'll need a clean one every day or you can order the "gold standard" N95 mask online but make sure it's the right one.
"There's a kind that painters and craftsmen get, and they have exit valves on them. So, it has an N95 filtration coming in but not going out. You don't want that ." Dr. Larry Simon said
Simon says what you want is a mask that protects both airways and at the end of the day you could wear two or five masks but if it's not covering your nose and mouth then it just doesn't matter.