Most people know now that masks are one of the primary tools we have of keeping ourselves and others safe from getting COVID-19. Even as more people are getting vaccinated, masks will continue to be a regular part of our lives.
The CDC has updated its guidance on how well your mask fits and filters the air, and how many layers it has.
Two ways to help your mask protect you
Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face
Pick a mask with layers or wear a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask
Oregon Health Authority does not recommend wearing a plastic face shield alone. While face shields can be very good at blocking droplets, they are not as good at stopping aerosols that can go around the shield. OHA recommends face shields only be used on a limited basis, for example when talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.