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How do I choose what fabric mask to buy, or ideal fit and fabrics if I make my own?

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PUBLISHED 01 December 2020
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Check for filtration, breathability and fit when choosing a fabric mask. It should be held in place comfortably with little adjustment using elastic bands or ties. There are different mask shapes such as flat-fold or duckbill – find the one that fits closely over your nose, cheeks and chin. When the edges of the mask are not close to the face and shift, such as when speaking, air penetrates through the edges of the mask rather than being filtered through the fabric. Masks with vents or exhalation valves are not advised because they allow unfiltered breath to escape the mask.

Fabric masks should be made of three layers of fabric:

  • Inner layer of absorbent material, such as cotton.
  • Middle layer of non-woven non-absorbent material, such as polypropylene.
  • Outer layer of non-absorbent material, such as polyester or polyester blend.

If purchasing a fabric mask from a store, check to make sure it meets national performance standards.

Watch the video on WHO’s recommended fabric mask materials and composition for more information.

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