Mask Braces - it's airborne!
Wear a Mask / Mask Brace
“mask braces” (AKA “Fitters”) to be placed on top of your surgical-style mask to make a better masks
This University of Wisconsin study (Rothamer et al 2020) is key: You must add a “fitter” to your lower quality mask to protect yourself.
Aaron Collins talks about mask braces on his youtube channel (March 15, 2021).
One home-made mask brace to pick out from the mant choices online is the one made in this short video
Double masking alternate
The idea is that you place a snug cloth mask over your surgical mask.
Study from Feb, 2021: Maximizing Fit for Cloth and Surgical-style Masks to Improve Filtration - Brooks et al (CDC)
- don’t do this over a N95 grade respirator
- don’t use a multi-layer cloth mask over your surgical mask - all the filtration is going to come from the surgical, you’re just using the cloth one to make the edges stay on your cheeks without adding filtration or lowering breathability.