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Jul 17, 2020
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While certain retailers and restaurants are slowly opening up, Walmart and Starbucks are leading the way with new policies that require all employees and shoppers to wear face coverings upon entering their stores. So it’s more important than ever to find a mask you feel great in to help curb coronavirus.

It’s important to know what kinds of fabrics work best, though. According to a study from the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, cloth face masks made from fabrics with tight weaves, like cotton, natural silk, flannel and chiffon, can provide significant protection by filtering out aerosol particles.

Combining fabrics—high thread count cotton with two layers of silk or two layers of chiffon, for example—is also effective, according to the study. What’s not great? Porous fabrics and low thread count cotton (80 thread count was tested).

Fit is critical, as well. The study found that big gaps can lead to a 60 percent decrease in filtration efficiency.

And as you’ve probably heard, N95 respirators and surgical masks should be reserved for medical personnel. If you have any in your home, consider donating them to medical professionals in need through services like Mask Match. Don’t forget to also wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, carefully disinfect surfaces and practice social distancing, too.

Let’s face it: Masks cover at least half your face, so it makes sense to pick one that suits your style. Scroll down for the chicest masks on the market.
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