According to the FDA, it is still unclear whether the new vaccines being approved will reduce the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. So, double masking with non-woven filtration is as necessary as wearing sunscreen or wearing a seatbelt. Wearing a mask doesn’t just protect you. It protects everyone. Don't take our word for it, this is what Dr. Faucci of the CDC has to say

“So 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,” Fauci told TODAY. “That’s the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95.”

Why is wearing a mask with a filter better than a neck gaiter? Because the particles that carry Covid-19 (or the flu) are smaller than a strand of hair. If you can see your hand through the stretched fabric of your gaiter, chances are it isn’t helping you much with respect to filtration. Double masking make common sense.

With the continuing shortage of masks in the US, many people are making their own fabric masks. If you are going to make your own fabric masks, make a pocket to fit our 18 cm x 9 cm filter insert. Our silver-ion, nonwoven filter inserts are antimicrobial and will give you an extra layer of protection. Now you have an outer layer you can wash every day and an antimicrobial insert you can reuse for a week. Don’t forget to make sure that the outer shell you are sewing fits tightly against your face. Gaps allow airborne particles to easily pass into your lungs.

Need further motivation? For every antimicrobial insert bought via STCNextHealth, you support the distribution of free masks and inserts to essential workers. Your next mask insert will be protecting someone on the front lines of this pandemic.