Sunglasses? Check. Wallet? Check. Stylish, tie-dye, double-layered cloth face mask? Check! Fabric face masks are the most important accessory we have now, so it’s good to keep a wide variety on hand in multiple colors, patterns, and designs to match every outfit in your closet — because, ya know, a leopard-print face mask does not go with a pink gingham dress. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention said that wearing a mask over your nose and mouth will help slow the spread of COVID-19. But not all face masks are created equal — and I’m not just talking about how they look. A study in Physics of Fluids found that stitched, double-layered cotton masks were the most effective in stopping the spread of droplets. If the cougher was wearing this type of mask, their droplets only went two-and-a-half inches on average, rather than three feet in other masks, seven inches for those wearing a simple bandana, and eight feet for those not wearing a covering at all.
Luckily, you don’t have to bust out the sewing machine to find a mask that works. Several retailers offer cute and functional masks that will match your outfit and keep those germs from spreading. Just make sure to look for ones that mention they are made with a double layer of fabric or more. Keep reading to check out some of our favorites!
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