Local health professionals touch base on wearing two masks instead of one

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Are two masks better than one?  Dr. Anthony Fauci says it ‘makes common sense’ to double-mask. First News at Nine’s Phoebe Murray asked local health professionals when people should consider wearing two masks.

While there’s still resistance to wearing a face mask in public, some people are taking their level of personal protection a step further and doubling up on wearing masks.

Lieske Giese, Eau Claire City-County Health Department Director said, “Minimally having a well-fitted multi-layered mask is really what we’re all hoping to have happened so that we can slow spread down.”

The way you can do that is to use something like a surgical mask. Put that underneath, then put your cloth mask on top of this one. This does a few things. One, it adds an extra layer between you and the outside air, and two when you’re talking it makes sure the mask doesn’t move because the important part is to wear it correctly.

Whether you wear one mask or two, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Infection Prevention Specialist Sue Galoff says size matters.

“Making sure that your mask fits you, you know that you’ve fitted the nose piece carefully that you don’t have large gaps on the sides, you know that you keep it covering your nose and mouth,” said Galoff.

Galoff says we may want to consider double-masking in high-risk situations, such as traveling, going to the grocery store, or gathering with others.

For now, the layered recommendations from both health experts are to stay vigilant in protecting yourself and those around you.

“Just pulling up a stretchy loose fabric around your nose and mouth is not the best practice,” said Giese.

Galoff said, “When you hear, you know keep your social distance, wear a mask, sanitize your hands, it’s all those things together that make those strategies more effective.”

Working to stay ahead of an evolving virus.

In Eau Claire, Phoebe Murray, First News at Nine.

Galoff says while double masking helps the filtration of the mask in both directions, it is not officially recommended by the CDC at this time.

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