6 elements your fabric face masks should include, according to the CDC

Laura Galvan
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A significant number of fashion retailers and brands have shifted their efforts to producing fabric face masks ever since the CDC recommended all Americans should wear “face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” With the devastating shortage of N95 medical masks, it’s critical that the public reserve what surgical masks remain for our frontline healthcare workers.

Although fabric face masks will not completely protect against contracting the COVID-19, the CDC explains that they can help “slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”

According to reports from the CDC, cloth face coverings should:

  1. “Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face”

  2. “Completely cover the nose and mouth”

  3. “Be secured with ties or ear loops”

  4. “Include multiple layers of fabric”

  5. “Allow for breathing without restriction”

  6. “Be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape”

The guidelines also advise that “all people two years of age and older wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household.”

After over 20 U.S states are now officially requiring face masks in public, we’ve come to terms with the fact that we will most likely be sporting face masks for a while. New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland, New Mexico Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island are just some of the states with mask mandates.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the top-rated styles on the internet that abide by the CDC’s guidelines.

Shop: Amazon Double Layer Fabric Face Masks (6 Pack), $13.99 (Orig. $26.99)

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Shop: Nordstrom 6-Pack Adult Pleated Cotton Face Masks, $24

Credit: Nordstrom
Credit: Nordstrom

Shop: Etsy Black Reusable Stretchable Face Mask, $7.99

Credit: Etsy
Credit: Etsy

Shop: 8 Other Reasons 3 Pack Face Mask Set, $22

Credit: Revolve
Credit: Revolve

Shop: Amadi Gingham Reusable Ear Loop Face Mask, $14

Credit: Anthropologie
Credit: Anthropologie

Shop: Disposable Non-Medical 3-Ply Face Masks, $17.99 (10-Pack)

Credit: Daily Steals
Credit: Daily Steals

Shop: Everlane The 100% Human Face Mask 5-Pack, $25

Credit: Everlane
Credit: Everlane

Shop: Koral Infinity Leopard Face Mask, $20

Credit: Koral
Credit: Koral

Shop: Sock Fancy Water-Resistant Face Mask, $12.00

Credit: Sock Fancy
Credit: Sock Fancy

Shop: LookHuman Solid Black Fabric Face Mask, $18.99 (Take 30 percent off with code SPLASH)

Credit: LookHuman
Credit: LookHuman

Shop: Variant VL-M1 Face Mask With 8 Replacement Filters, $30

Credit: Revolve
Credit: Revolve

Shop: KOODING 3D Elastic Face Fashion Mask, $5.99

Credit: Kooding
Credit: Kooding

Shop: Caraa Assorted Colors Mask Pack, $25.00 (5-pack)

Credit: Caraa
Credit: Caraa

Shop: Old Navy Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Adults, $12.50

Credit: Old Navy
Credit: Old Navy

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