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Cynthia Golomb, MD | Dermatology Boutique

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The face mask you wear matters

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  • Scientific simulations have demonstrated that if 80% of the population wore face masks, the pandemic spread would slow to a point even better than a lockdown.
  • Masks with one-way exhalation valves can expel droplets of the coronavirus. They’ve been banned by hospitals, airlines and major U.S. cities.  If you wear a mask with a valve to my office, we’ll ask you to change into a mask that we provide.
  • While a one-layer cloth face mask reduces droplets, two layers are better.
  • The more form fitting your face mask, the better. Your face mask should cover your mouth and nose with no gaps at the sides.
  • The jury is out on neck gaiters. One reason is that they are one layer, another is the polyester fabric most are made of.  One study found they reduced large droplets into smaller ones and expelled those droplets.
  • Bandanas have also been found to be not particularly effective as a face mask.
  • A recent study in Japan found that a plastic face shield without a mask does not stop the spread of the coronavirus. A face shield or goggles will protect the mucous membranes of your eyes.  A face shield should always be used in conjunction with a mask.
  • Masks are not recommended for children under 2 years of age due to the risk of suffocation.
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