COVID-19: Should I Wear Two Masks?

Even though people are continually listening to the guidelines set forth by CDC and taking precautions, there still are questions regarding some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to COVID-19. One question that has been commonly asked recently is whether we should be double masking or not. We share information from both the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

At this time, the CDC has not recommended double masking. It does recommend that people should wear masks with two or more layers of washable fabric that cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly on the face. These masks should be:

  • Non-medical disposable masks
  • Masks that fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face
  • Masks made with breathable fabric such as cotton
  • Masks made with tightly woven fabric
  • Masks with two or three layers
  • Masks with inner filter pockets

On the other hand, Dr. Fauci said, “if you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on; it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective.”

However, after discussing the matter, the CDC and Fauci determined that they do not have enough data to make any formal recommendation at this time.

Contact South Coast Medical if You’re Feeling Sick

We want you to have a safe and healthy New Year!

We want to make sure your health is optimized at all times.  We also want to be mindful that COVID-19 still has a presence here in Southern California.

If you are not feeling well and would like to get the Sofia 2 Rapid COVID-19 test, please call us at (949) 360-1069 to schedule an appointment. 

If you would like to set up an in-person or telemedicine visit, our hours of operation are: 

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. We are located in Aliso Viejo, California, and we offer a wide range of services such as urgent and primary care, sports medicine, and x-rays. If you need help with any of these services, please contact us at (949) 389- 8968. We appreciate the trust our patients have in us and look forward to being of service to you.