What’s the latest advice on the type of mask I should wear?

Emma H Tobin

NEW YORK (AP) – What’s the latest advice on the type of mask I should wear?

It depends on your situation, but health officials said it should cover your nose and mouth, and fit snugly so there aren’t any gaps on the sides of your face.

The United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also said to pick masks with two or more layers and a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out the top.

It suggests holding your mask up to check if it blocks light, which means the fabric will probably filter out more particles.

If you want added protection, experts also suggest wearing two masks or pairing them with a mask fitter to ensure they don’t leave any gaps.

The face mask should cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly so there aren’t any gaps on the sides of the face, according to health officials. PHOTO: AP

It’s also important to find a mask that’s comfortable so you actually wear it, said assistant professor in environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley Laura Kwong.

If supplies are available, people can opt for disposable N95 masks for personal use, the CDC said in updated guidance. Such masks are considered most effective at blocking virus particles.

The agency had previously said N95 masks should be reserved for healthcare workers, but supplies have since expanded.

For people who are deaf or have hearing difficulties, alternative face coverings such as clear masks or cloth masks with clear plastic panels are recommended. Health officials said transparent medical masks should be prioritised for health workers and patients who need them.