The Best Face Masks for Double Masking

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Is doubling up on face masks more effective? Chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci says double masking "likely does" help in slowing the spread of the coronavirus

"This is a physical covering to prevent droplets and virus to get in," Fauci told the Today show. "So if you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on it just makes common sense that it likely will be more effective and that's the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of the N95." 

Shortly after the inauguration ceremony, President Joe Biden issued a national mask mandate, requiring the wearing of a face mask on federal grounds.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend for both vaccinated and unvaccinated "that people wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people." Furthermore, the CDC says to choose masks that have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.

To ensure extra protection against the disease for yourself and others around you, choose to wear two masks when you're in public spaces -- whether that's wearing a disposable mask under a fabric one or doubling up on breathable reusable masks. N95 respirators and surgical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers.

Protect your vaccination card with a waterproof resealable plastic zip available at Amazon and Walmart. Vaccination card size varies so be sure to double-check the size of your card and the card holder before purchasing.


Ahead, shop a selection of disposable masks and fabric masks to combine. 

A lightweight face mask perfect for traveling, running errands and exercising. This breathable Traveleisure Face Mask has over 3,800 reviews and is the adjustable face mask you need.


This two-in-one mask comes with a reusable two-layer mask and three-layer filters for extra protection. 


Designed for an active lifestyle, the Athleta face masks are breathable and quick-drying. The duo is great for doubling up. 


In need of a cute scarf mask to add on top of your plain KN95 mask? This Alo Yoga Scarf Mask is perfect for doubling! 


Layer a blue disposable mask under a breathable fabric mask. 


Made with 100% cotton and available in a wide variety of prints and colors, these well-reviewed masks are some of our favorites. 

$18 AT GAP


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