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Hey there! By now you've seen the CDC's guidelines recommending people wear nonmedical face coverings in public (and know whether or not they're mandatory in your area).
On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the CDC released new mask guidelines for how you can make your mask-wearing game even stronger, and better protect both yourself and the people around you.
BuzzFeed's face mask guideline explainer delves more into the science behind the recommendations, but here's a break down of what exactly the CDC is advising, and some easy how-tos and fixes you can easily take care of to meet those standards.
First up is making sure your mask is snug on your face — there are several adjustments the CDC advises you can make to get yourself the best fit.
Another way the CDC recommends getting a tighter fit is through mask fitters that sit on top of your face mask to hold it in place. While these are difficult to find online, modified versions like this silicone face mask extender strap will also help tighten the fit and keep it locked in place.
Lastly, the CDC has extended its recommendation on layering — before they advised on two or three-layer masks, but are now advising that it's *also* beneficial to double mask, specifically with disposable mask under a reusable one.
Some caveats: you should never combine a KN95 face mask with any other face mask, and you shouldn't combine two disposable masks.
Also, pro-tip if you're worried about double masking and having all that fabric against your nose and mouth: you can get 3D mouth brackets that clip to the inside of your face mask without sacrificing the fit.
Plus if you're looking for even *more* mask recommendations, I've also assembled a MASSIVE list of the best places to buy face masks online, including faves like Aerie, Old Navy, and Target, as well as a ton of cute Etsy shops ❤️.
Just remember — masks are not a substitute for social distancing! You should still maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance between you and other people when possible, and continue washing your hands and avoiding touching your face. Stay safe!
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