LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — As coronavirus variants continue to be detected in the United States, some experts say that double masking may be helpful in fending them off.
“A double masking technique, when applied appropriately, can decrease your chance of contracting coronavirus,” say Dr. Staci McHale.
Dr. McHale of the Clark County Medical Society says the concept provides better filtration by applying a surgical style mask underneath and a cloth mask on top.
If you don’t double up on your mask wearing, Dr. McHale says wearing a surgical mask instead of a cloth mask is an improvement.
“Typical cloth masks are only 50-60% effective in filtering out small particles,” says Dr. McHale.
As COVID-19 variants arise, the battle against contracting the virus intensifies.
The highly transmissible Brazil variant turned up in Minnesota not long ago.
Dr. McHale says that no matter how many masks you wear, folks must continue to remain socially distant.
“Until we have achieved true herd immunity with our vaccinations, we’re still going to need to mask into the foreseeable future,” says Dr. McHale.