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Face masks: Everything you need to know

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises the public to wear face masks or covers in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

There are many options available to the general public including N95 or KN95 masks, cloth masks and surgical or disposable masks. Our guides offer to help you purchase, use or create your own masks while keeping you up to date on the latest updates from your state or county.

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Friday, January 15: Popular fast food chain Papa John’s donated 1000,000 face masks to the Texas Restaurant Association in San Antonio. Through the donation, Papa John’s employees hope to help their fellow restaurant workers and owners by offsetting some of the cost associated with the pandemic regulations for the food and beveraged industry.


Thursday, January 14: The Hoodoo Sky Area in Oregon is cracking down on its face mask requirements. All guests are required to wear face coverings in shared enclosed indoor and outdoor spaces, outdoors when a minimum distance of six feet cannot be maintained and before entering all sky lines. Guests who refuse to comply will be asked to leave immediately and may have their lift tickets or season passes suspended.


Wednesday, January 13: The Ford Motor Company teamed up with nonprofits and local dealerships to distribute 680,000 face masks to those in need in Northern Virginia. Ford has already produced 50 million masks for donation to first responders and nonprofit groups and hopes to cross the 100 million mark by mid-2021.


Tuesday, January 12: Iowa City has extended its face mask mandate until May 31, 2021. The mandate requires individuals to wear a mask in any indoor public space, while using public transportation services and in outdoor spaces where social distancing of at least six feet apart is not possible. The mandate was exnteded on Monday and is effective immediately.


Monday, January 11: A recent study conducted by Signs.com revealed that the majority of people only wash their resuable face masks weekly, and others have reused disposable face masks multiple times. The CDC recommends washing reusable face masks daily and throwing away disposable face masks after a single use.


Sunday, January 10: The state of Colorado has extended their mask order for another thirty days. The executive order, titled D 2021 007, requires individuals in Colorado to wear a non-medical face mask covering their mouth and nose. Under the order, mask wearing is mandatory for essential workers and those in government roles, as well as individuals over the age of 10 in any public indoor space.


Friday, January 8: The Indiana Pacers will allow a limited number of fans to attend their games, but face masks and health checks are required. Face masks must be worn at all times when not eating or drinking, and several types of face coverings are not permitted, including neck gaiters, bandanas, and masks with valves or vents. The first game to include fans in the audience will take place on January 24, 2021.


Wednesday, January 6: In Colorado, face masks have been made mandatory at all times for high school students participating in two sports: ice hockey and basketball. According to a variance issued by the state health department to the Colorado High School Activities Association, masks will be required for during play and while not actively participating. For other sports, such as wrestling, spirit, and aquatics, masks are exempt during competitions but must be worn at when not actively participating.


Tuesday, January 5: While Mississippi has not issued a statewide mask mandate, the majority of its counties now require face masks. As of January 5, 2021, only four of the state’s 82 counties were not under a mask mandate: Claiborne, Issaquena, Sharkey and Tunica. In the counties with mandates, masks are required indoors in all businesses and outdoor spaces open to the public.


Monday, January 4: The Michigan Department of Human Health and Services (MDHHS) will distribute 3.5 million KN95 face masks to its population for free to help combat COVID-19 in the state. Community organizations, including health departments, MDHHS offices and Area Agency on Aging offices, will dispense the masks to the general public. The masks are being distributed as part of the state’s Mask Up, Mask Right campaign.


Friday, January 1: Palm Beach Mask has donated 100,000 disposable face masks to nonprofit groups, first responders, medical organizations and government offices. Located in southeast Florida, the company pivoted to producing locally made PPE equipment at the start of the pandemic. Through its donations, Palm Beach Mask hopes to spread both safety and goodwill in its community.


Wednesday, December 30: The Chicago Transit Authority is piloting free face mask dispensers on 20 bus routes. The first buses are already equipped with the dispensers, and the CTA plans to equip 200 buses in total over the next few weeks. If the trial is a success, the program will be extended to all 129 bus routes as well as rail stations.


Monday, December 28: A team of scientists in British Columbia, Canada have developed a biodegradable face mask to combat the rise of single-use plastics since the pandemic began. The masks are made from fibers, which can be safely recycled. Currently, the company responsible for creating the masks, BioProducts Institute, is in talks to commercialize and regulate their product so it can be used in medical settings and by the general public.


Sunday, December 27: The state of Ohio plans to mail five disposable face masks to everyone in the state age 65 or older. Named the 10 Million Mask Mailer program, the masks will be sent free of charge to the senior population, who are considered most at risk in the pandemic. The US Department of Treasury provided funding for the program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


Friday, December 25: Effectively immediately, the Utah Department of Health has issued an updated mask order for schools. State Public Health Order 2020-28 more clearly defines what constitutes a proper face mask, what is school property and what exemptions are allowed in an educational facility. The updated mask order applies to all schools that provide any kindergarten through grade 12 programs or services.


Thursday, December 24: New COVID-19 rules are in effect in Kentucky for children attending daycare. Effective immediately, the new rules state that children between the ages of 3 and first grade can now wear face masks, but their parents or guardians must sign a permission form for the child. Children under the age of two do not wear masks, and children in first grade or older are required to wear masks unless exempted.


Monday, December 21: ASTM International, an organization that publishes technical standards for products, services and equipment, is developing nonregulatory specifications for face masks. These specifications will set a minimum standard for face mask design, performance, care and labeling requirements. The goal is to help consumers understand the quality of face coverings available in retail stores or online, and the ASTM hopes to have these standards approved by February 2021.


Sunday, December 20: The United States Army has isssued official face coverings for soldiers in response to the pandemic. Currently, the Army provides soldiers with disposable or resuable solid color masks. The official masks, in typical army fatigue colors, will be issued to new soldiers starting in 2021.


Friday, December 18: The Board of Health in Lewis and Clark County, Montana adopted emergency COVID rules to supplement Governor Steve Bullock’s current mandates. The emergency rules extend mandatory face covering to schools and colleges. Businesses, government facilities and locations with indoor space available to the public were already required to wear face masks.


Thursday, December 17: Easley, South Carolina passed a face mask ordinance Monday night. The ordinance goes into effect on December 26, 2020 at midnight and requires anyone in a public space who cannot socially distance to wear a mask. Exemptions include those with certain medical or mental health conditions, those who cannot wear a mask due to work requirements and children under the age of six.


Tuesday, December 15: In South Carolina, the Spartanburg City Council and the Greenville City Council both voted to extend the face mask ordinance in their corresponding cities. The extensions are effective as of December 15 and require individuals to wear masks inside public buildings. The ordinances also require employees of pharmacies, grocery stores, barbershops, retail outlets, salons, and more to wear masks when interacting with the public.


Sunday, December 13: Law enforcement in Springfield, Missouri have begun issuing fines for violating the city’s mask mandate. Previously, law enforcement took an educational approach by handing out fliers to those not wearing masks in public. However, because of rising cases in the city, the city’s leadership has encouraged police to issue citations instead.


Sunday, December 13: Lancaster, California passed an ordinance that now makes violating the county’s mask mandate a misdemeanor. The ordinance is effective immediately and failure to comply can result in a fine of no more than $1,000, up to six months in jail time or both, according to the ordinance.


Saturday, December 12: The city council of Nevada City, California unanimously approved mandatory face covering to combat the spread of COVID-19. The ordinance takes affect immediately and fines range up to $200 for individuals. Businesses caught not enforcing the ordinance could face fines, suspension of permits or licenses, and/or criminal prosecution.


Friday, December 11: Arizona’s Pima County recently approved six new measures to slow virus spread, including a stricter mask regulation that includes penalties for failing to comply. It also requires businesses to enforce mask wearing for shoppers. The new regulations are currently in effect.


Thursday, December 10: Wyoming governor Mark Gordon issued a statewide mask mandate in an effort to curb rising cases in the state. The order includes wearing face masks outside of the home when entering or waiting to enter businesses, government facilities, healthcare settings and more.


Monday, December 7: In a recent interview, President-Elect Joe Biden suggested he plans to implement a 100-day nationwide mask order on taking office to help the US reduce record-breaking increases in infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths.


Tuesday, December 1: With the state in the grips of COVID infections, South Dakota’s Rapid City approved a mask ordinance that allows for businesses and houses of worship accommodating 50 people or more to opt out. Places that opt out must put up signage notifying the public that masks are optional.


Wednesday, November 25: New research from the American Institute of Physics and reported by SciTechDaily suggests that even 70% public face mask compliance could put an end to the spread of COVID-19. While the research focuses on surgical mask use in medical settings, API concludes that even cloth masks could slow virus spread with consistent use.


Wednesday, November 25: Spiking infection rates in North Carolina has led Governor Roy Cooper to enforce mask requirements that include consistent use at gyms. Effective today, gymgoers must wear a face covering while using treadmills, rowers and other gym equipment.


Monday, November 23: Natrona Valley became one of 15 counties in Wyoming to require face masks in public as of last Wednesday. Law enforcement says it will make education and compliance priorities over citations, despite considering violations a criminal offense.


Monday, November 23: With COVID-19 infection rates surging in Idaho, the city of Boise is enacting a face mask mandate effective today. The city is also taking the step of closing government and entertainment facilities through at least January 2021.


Wednesday, November 18: In response to a recent surge in Covid-19 cases, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has today enacted a “three-week pause” in an effort to slow the spread. Among the many activities the pause places restrictions on are in-person learning, indoor dining, group fitness classes and attending organized sporting events.


Tuesday, September 8: The University of Washington’s School of Medicine estimates the US public could reduce deaths due to COVID-19 by 30% simply by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Modeling three scenarios — worst case, best case and unchanged practices — the Institute predicts some 770,000 lives worldwide could be saved by New Year’s Day with rapid action.


Tuesday, August 25: The Economist, along with calculations from Goldman Sachs, has concluded that the economic value of a face mask is $56.14. According to the publication, an American wearing a mask for one day is helping prevent a fall in the GDP by that very amount.


Monday, August 17: Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has reversed his previous order banning the state’s municipalities from issuing individual mask mandates. The “Local Option Face Covering Requirements” are meant to empower cities and counties to issue their own restrictions.


Monday, August 10: In addition to requiring all crew and passengers to wear face masks while onboard, United, Delta and Alaska Airlines have created a no-fly list for customers who don’t comply. Passengers who refuse to wear face coverings will be added to a list that effectively bans them from flying with the airline in the future.


Monday, August 10: Dollar Tree and Family Dollar are the latest nationwide retailers to require all employees, customers and vendors to wear face masks while inside its stores. Dollar Tree will also add an employee health screening program and Plexiglas guards at cash registers.


Friday, August 7: The World Health Organization, CDC, Google, Facebook and over 40 other partner organizations have joined forces to launch World Mask Week. The initiative — taking place August 7 through 14 — aims to encourage wearing masks in public on a global scale to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.


Monday, August 3: Wisconsin is the latest state to issue a statewide face mask mandate. Governor Tony Evers’ ordinance states that masks must be worn in all public enclosed spaces and at outdoor bars and restaurants when not eating or drinking. The order is in effect until September 28.


Tuesday, July 28: McDonald’s is among the latest batch of business giants to require the use of face masks when entering its restaurants nationwide. It joins Target and all Gap brand stores — such as Banana Republic and Old Navy — in launching the ordinance on August 1.


Friday, July 24: Vermont Governor Phil Scott has issued a statewide face mask mandate effective August 1. The order requires those ages 2 and up to wear face coverings in public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. Scott had previously resisted enacting such a mandate, but opted for a more forceful approach due to rising coronavirus rates across the Green Mountain State.


Thursday, July 23: In defiance of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s executive order banning individual counties from issuing face mask mandates, some municipalities are issuing them anyway. Joining that list is Dekalb County, which now requires its citizens ages 8 and up to wear face coverings while in any public space. The ordinance goes into effect July 25.


Friday, July 17: Target, CVS and Walgreens are the latest retail giants to require shoppers to wear face masks while inside stores. CVS and Walgreens will start the requirement on July 20, with Target not far behind on August 1.


Thursday, July 16: Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp has placed an unprecedented statewide ban on allowing cities and counties to require the use of face masks. The order effectively voids at least 15 municipalities’ previous mask mandates. The governor is instead encouraging residents to voluntarily wear masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.


Wednesday, July 15: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has issued a statewide face mask ordinance that will be in effect from July 16 at 5 p.m. through at least July 31. The mandate states that face masks must be worn in all public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.


Wednesday, July 15: Walmart and Sam’s Club will soon join the growing list of retail giants requiring the use of masks or face coverings while shopping. The retailers’ mandates will take effect July 20, joining other big box stores like Costco, Apple and Best Buy.


Tuesday, July 14: Due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases, Louisiana is now under a statewide face mask ordinance. Residents ages eight and above must now wear masks in any public space, and bars are closed to on-premises consumption.


Tuesday, July 14: West Lafayette, Indiana governor John Dennis has signed an executive order requiring the use of face masks in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. The order expands upon the city’s previous mandate that applied to businesses. Fines for noncompliance will range from $100 to $250.


Friday, July 10: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has tightened the reigns of the state’s existing face mask policy. In addition to allowing restaurants to refuse entry to those not wearing masks, the revised order also requires face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces.


Thursday, July 9: Many large retail stores require customers and employees to wear face masks, but who enforces the orders continues to be a grey area — see a list of retail giants and their policies.


Thursday, July 9: Due to a sharp increase in recent coronavirus cases, a “red alert” has been issued for seven Ohio counties. The governor’s office is now requiring that people wear masks in public spaces in Cuyahoga, Butler, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery and Trumbull counties.


Thursday, July 9: Dane County, Wisconsin — which includes Madison — has issued the state’s first face mask mandate in response to a recent spike in coronavirus cases in the area. Starting Monday, July 13, masks will be required inside of all public spaces for people age five and up.


Wednesday, July 1: As coronavirus cases continue to surge across South Carolina, multiple cities and counties have implemented face mask ordinances, including Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton County, Folly Beach, Hilton Head, Kiawah Island, Mount Pleasant and Summerville. These are the first mandates issued for South Carolina since the pandemic began.


Wednesday, July 1: It is now a requirement to wear face masks while indoors in Jacksonville, Florida. The mandate, imposed Monday, will likely not sit well with the Trump campaign, which recently moved the site of the Republican National Convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville in an apparent effort to avoid face mask ordinances.


Tuesday, June 30: Kansas governor Laura Kelly has announced an executive order requiring the use of face masks while in public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. The mandate will go into effect Friday, July 3 and will be enforced by local officials.


Friday, June 26:
Not waiting for a statewide ordinance, the city of College Station, Texas, passed an order requiring the wearing of face masks in all businesses. The order applies to people ages 10 and older, and businesses that violate the order face fines of up to $1,000. The requirement goes into effect at 6 a.m. on Monday, June 29.


Thursday, June 25:
As the state faces a sharp two-week increase in COVID-19 cases, and Governor Ron DeSantis resists the call for statewide guidance, local governments in Florida’s Tampa Bay are enacting a series of ordinances requiring face coverings in public settings. Residents of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are required to wear a mask in public indoor spaces, while Pasco County limits face covering requirements to businesses, government offices and schools. The city of Tampa enacted its own ordinance requiring face masks when indoors and outside the home at all times. Many of the ordinances come with fines and citations for failing to follow the guidelines. Tampa Bay joins counties Broward, Orange and Miami-Dade in attempting to curb the rapid spread of the virus.


Wednesday, June 24:
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order requiring the public to wear face coverings while in 10 settings that include retail, restaurants, manufacturing and public transportation. The order does not come with law enforcement or fines for failing to adhere to public safety guidelines intended to curb the rapid rise statewide in COVID-19 cases. The ordinance goes into effect Friday, June 26th.


Wednesday, June 24:
As Florida becomes the nation’s new epicenter for COVID-19 cases, Palm Beach County has enacted for all cities and incorporated areas in the county an ordinance requiring face coverings in stores, restaurants, hotels, gyms and public buildings where social distancing isn’t possible. Violators face fines of $250 to $500, with fines extended to businesses that refuse to post signs requiring masks.


Tuesday, June 23:
In response to reports of increasing COVID-19 cases statewide, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman issued a joint mandatory face covering order when in public, including outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible. The ordinance goes into effect Friday, June 26th, and does not specify an end date.


Tuesday, June 23:
As the state’s number of coronavirus cases reach record levels, Texas Governor Greg Abbott urges citizens to to wear face coverings, maintain social distancing and avoid leaving the home except for necessary errands. While there doesn’t appear to be repercussions for failing to observe the new guidelines, Abbott is responding to a surge in COVID-19 by scaling back reopening plans and setting restrictions on outdoor gatherings, among other health and safety measures.


Monday, June 22: Tucson, Arizona, as well as all of Maricopa County, Arizona — which includes Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa — have issued ordinances requiring the use of face coverings in all public spaces. The mandate expands upon the current statewide suggestion to wear masks when in public.


Monday, June 22:
Florida’s Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys, now requires the use of face coverings while in public indoor spaces. The Florida Keys ordinance is expected to be in effect until June 2021.


Friday, June 19:
As COVID-19 cases inch toward 15,000 statewide, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson issued new guidelines on the wearing of face coverings both in- and outdoors whenever among people outside your household and in circumstances when social distancing isn’t possible effective immediately.


Thursday, June 18: In response to increasing numbers of Californians at work and in the public amid the relaxing of quarantine measures, and a possible spike in COVID-19 cases, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide order requiring face coverings in public spaces, healthcare settings, transportation and other designated high-risk situations, with limited exemptions.


Monday, June 8: The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends that all people wear masks in any public space where social distancing isn’t possible. The guidance follows earlier WHO announcements suggesting a lack of evidence that healthy people should wear masks.


Friday, June 5: Denver Governor Jared Polis has announced an ordinance allowing businesses to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask. The executive order punctuates Colorado’s existing face mask requirements.


Wednesday, May 27: Beginning Friday, all Virginians will be required to wear face masks while inside any public space and wherever large groups can congregate. The mandate extends to children age 10 and over, but exceptions will be made for those eating and drinking at restaurants, exercising or with health conditions.


Wednesday, May 20: As President Trump prepares to tour a Ford Motor Co. factory Thursday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has stated that Trump has a legal obligation to wear a face mask. Nessel cited the state’s face mask law and urged the president to respect the efforts of Ford employees. Trump has yet to wear a mask despite federal recommendations and mandates.


Thursday, May 14: The latest California city to pass a new face mask ordinance is Arvin. Officials now require employees of local businesses as well as city employees to wear masks while at work.


Thursday, May 14: The state of New Mexico now requires the use of face masks by all people in all public spaces. The new ordinance expands upon previous measures that included employees of essential businesses.


Wednesday, May 13: Philadelphia, Mississippi becomes the first city in the state to require the wearing of face masks. The ordinance mandates their use inside of any city building.


Wednesday, May 13: Palo Alto joins the growing list of California cities requiring residents to wear face masks while inside of businesses and on public transportation. The law does not apply to those exercising in outdoor spaces.


Tuesday, May 12: Seattle and the rest of King County join the growing list of regions requiring the use of face masks. King County’s ordinance requires residents to wear face coverings while on public transit and inside of businesses. The mandate extends to outdoor areas where social distancing isn’t possible.


Tuesday, May 12: As Nashville gradually begins to reopen businesses throughout the city, a new ordinance requires all public-facing workers to wear face masks. Outside of the requirement, health officials are also encouraging the general public to wear face coverings.


Monday, May 11: Singapore Airlines and Silkair join a growing list of international airlines now requiring the use of face masks while on board. Additionally, passengers flying to Singapore must undergo temperature checks and a verbal health declaration before boarding.


Monday, May 11: The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) will begin requiring all travelers and airport employees to wear face masks beginning May 18. The move is in lockstep with similar restrictions enforced at other major airports throughout the country.


Monday, May 11: Los Angeles has stepped up its mask ordinance, now requiring the use of face coverings at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The new requirement also extends to travelers on busses and trains within the city.


Friday, May 8: Piggybacking off an existing mask order for employees of essential businesses and restaurants or retail spaces of 50,000-square-feet or more, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will extend the order to employees of all essential businesses acting as retail on May 11.


Friday, May 8: In response to shrinking profits and general public concern about the spread of COVID-19, rideshare company Lyft has made face masks mandatory for both drivers and passengers.


Thursday, May 7: In an effort to move Sacramento’s mask ordinance from voluntary to mandatory, the city’s mayor is urging county health officials to take action. The issue will be addressed directly during May 12 meetings and beyond.


Thursday, May 7: Fresno, California, mayor Lee Brand has issued a shelter-in-place order tthat will remain in effect through May 31. The order also requires the wearing of face masks at all essential businesses and public places.


Wednesday, May 6: As business and restaurant restrictions in Alachua County, Florida, begin to loosen, all residents age 2 and up are now required to wear face masks in places where social distancing isn’t possible. Any violation of the policy will be considered a second-degree misdemeanor.


Wednesday, May 6: Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is set to sign an order requiring face masks for all residents in public. The order extends a previous face mask requirement for essential workers. The order is expected to go into effect on Friday, May 8.


Monday, May 4: Outside of the US, a growing number of countries are enforcing their own face mask ordinances. Aljazeera has the breakdown.


Monday, May 4: Following over a dozen standalone restrictions in counties throughout the state, Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker announced Monday a statewide mask ordinance. Effective May 6, all people over the age of two must wear face masks or coverings in public spaces when social distancing isn’t an option.


Friday, May 1: San Diego County joins the majority of Southern California in requiring face coverings in public. The order applies to those ages 3 or older in public transportation, businesses and anywhere you’re unable to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between people. Violators risk getting turned away with the possibility of fines.


Friday, May 1: A growing number of US airlines are following JetBlue’s lead by requiring passengers and flight crew to wear face masks from the time of check in through deplaning. Joining JetBlue in the initiative are American, United, Delta, Frontier and Alaska.


Thursday, April 30: Officials in Salt Lake County announced Wednesday that face masks will be required for employees of most businesses as the county prepares to reopen on May 1. Some businesses specializing in “personal services” such as hair salons and tattoo shops will require both customers and employees to wear face masks.


Thursday, April 30: Beginning May 4, retail giant Costco will require all patrons over the age of two to wear face masks or face coverings while shopping. The move follows similar ordinances from Walmart, Publix, Kroger and other retailers.


Thursday, April 30: Maine governor Janet Mills has issued a statewide ordinance requiring the use of face masks in all public spaces and while using public transportation or rideshares. The restrictions will be in effect from May 1 through May 31.


Wednesday, April 29: Washington, DC governor Muriel Bowser today extended the District’s state of emergency and public health emergency through May 15. The ordinance requires face mask usage in most public spaces and extends various safety measures to vulnerable populations in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.


Wednesday, April 29: Birmingham becomes the first city in Alabama to require face coverings in public places or face penalties that include fines of up to $500 and 30 days in municipal jail. The requirement goes into effect May 1st.


Wednesday, April 29: Monterey joins the growing list of California counties requiring the public to wear face coverings when in public. The measure extends to essential businesses, including healthcare services and public transportation, effective Thursday, April 30th.


Wednesday, April 29: Beginning May 4, JetBlue will require all passengers and flight attendants to wear masks while checking in, boarding, mid-flight and deplaning. JetBlue is the first U.S. airline to enforce the measure.


Tuesday, April 28: The cities of Cambridge and Peabody in Massachusetts join Somerville in imposing fines of $300 to $1,000 for violating the cities’ orders to wear a face covering when in public.


Tuesday, April 28: Maine’s Portland City Council voted to extend the city’s stay-at-home order and newly require public-facing employees to wear face coverings or masks, effective Thursday, April 30. The city joins Brunswick in efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.


Tuesday, April 28: Kentucky governor Andy Beshear announced Monday that state residents have two weeks to start wearing masks while inside of a business. The ordinance will take effect on May 11 and extends to both patrons and employees as the state ramps up efforts to reopen.


Tuesday, April 28: The Aspen City Council has passed a resolution making it mandatory to wear a face covering while in Aspen city limits. The ordinance begins April 20 and will be in effect until at least May 27.


Monday, April 27: The mayor of Somerville, a city northwest of Boston, announced on Monday an order requiring face masks when in public spaces, including shared entrances at apartment complexes, on sidewalks, at grocery stores and when exercising outdoors. Violators face a $300 fine.


Monday, April 27: As the state gears up to reopen manufacturing, distribution, construction and general offices on May 4, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is requiring face masks for all employees and customers. Consumer and retail businesses are expected to reopen May 12.


Monday, April 27: Delaware governor John Carney has issued the 13th modification of the declaration of a State of Emergency. Effective April 28, the order requires all people over the age of 12 to wear masks in public places throughout the state.


Friday, April 24: Michigan’s stay-at-home order has been extended to May 15 and now mandates all residents of the state to wear face coverings over the mouth and nose when in public. The order goes into effect starting April 26 at 11:59 p.m. and stops short of criminal penalties for violators.


Friday, April 24: Illnois Governor JB Pritzker extended disparate city ordinances into a statewide order requiring face masks or coverings for people over the age of 2 when in public and unable to maintain 6-foot social distancing, including indoor spaces like stores. The order goes into effect on Friday, May 1, and is expected to last through the end of May.


Friday, April 24: In a series of cascading city ordinances in California, Santa Cruz County has issued an order requiring face coverings for people over the age of 2 when conducting business in public, including indoors, in line or at a drive-up window and on public transportation. People who don’t follow the order risk a misdemeanor charge and a fine. The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday.


Friday, April 24: El Paso County officials have issued an emergency order requiring face coverings for people over the age of 2 when outside their homes or residences. Exceptions include those who have trouble breathing, are exercising outdoors or within 6 feet of people in their household. The order is in effect as of Friday at 12:01 a.m. and further restricts gatherings, access to nursing homes and assisted living facilities and use of hike and bike trails.


Thursday, April 23: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced on Wednesday an order requiring face coverings for people over the age of 10 when out in public or among people they don’t live with. Anybody caught without a covering over the nose and mouth risks a fine of up to $1,000. The ordinance takes effect on Monday, April 27, for an expected 30 days.


Wednesday, April 22: Six counties in the Bay Area that make up about five million people – Sonoma, San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin – have announced orders to require mask-wearing starting Wednesday.


Tuesday, April 21: Orange County joins a growing list of California counties requiring face masks or coverings for employees at retail businesses that include grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants. The mandate goes into effect on Friday, April 24.


Monday, April 20: Hawaii residents must wear a face masks when in public places, using public transportation and ordering at a drive-through. Violators could face up a $5,000 fine or up to a year in prison, according to Governor David Ige’s order.


Monday, April 20: Several Bay Area counties join neighboring counties already requiring the public to wear facial coverings or masks in public, including in essential businesses and on public transit. The ordinance is effective as of Friday, with enforcement going into effect on Wednesday, April 22, at 8 a.m.


Monday, April 20: Connecticut residents over the age of two must wear a face mask in public if they cannot maintain six feet of distance from others, effective April 20. Employees and customers of any age must also wear face masks inside essential businesses.


Saturday, April 18: Essential workers in Rhode Island must wear a cloth face mask while working, unless they are able to maintain six feet of distance from others. Businesses are to provide facial coverings to employees.


Friday, April 17: Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order requiring New Yorkers to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when in a public place. The ordinance includes anybody over the age of 2 and able to medically tolerate a mask. The order goes into effect on Friday, April 17, at 8 p.m.


Friday, April 17: Sonoma County Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Masi signed an order that states the public wear facial coverings before entering indoor facilities other than their homes, any enclosed open spaces or while outdoors and unable to maintain at least six feet of distance between people. The ordinance includes children ages 2 and older. The order goes into effect on Friday, April 17, at 12:01 a.m.


Thursday, April 16: Officials in Missouri report a recall of KN95 face masks the state paid $17 million for that don’t appear to meet Illinois Department of Health performance standards.


Wednesday, April 15: Pennsylvania state health secretary signed an order Wednesday that states all essential businesses that are open during coronavirus must turn away customers who are not wearing masks. The order establishes other safety protocols for businesses to try to continue operating safely. The order goes into effect on Sunday, April 19, at 8 p.m. Read the full text from Dr. Rachel Levine.


Wednesday, April 14: Governor Gina Raimondo signed emergency declaration requiring face masks in public settings where social distancing measurs are difficult to maintain. Employers must also provide employees with face masks or the materials to make one.


Wednesday, April 8: New Jersey became the first state to order that all customers and employees wear a face mask while inside essential businesses, on construction sites and using public transportation. Businesses are to turn away customers who do not comply.


Thursday, April 2: Online giant Amazon has announced that it is no longer accepting public orders for N95 face masks in its effort to prioritize essential supplies, including coronavirus tests, to hospitals and government agencies. It’s also forgoing a profit from such sales.

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How to fit your mask properly

When putting a mask, a tight seal should be created against your nose and mouth. Use the instructions provided with your mask for correct fit. You should test that a seal has been created by exhaling heavily. Air should not escape through any cracks. If a seal hasn’t been created, re-fit and test again.

How to remove your mask properly

First, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before putting on your mask. When you’re ready to take it off, do not touch the front of the mask — it could be contaminated. Instead, remove it by pulling the bottom strap over the back of your head, followed by the top strap. Discard the mask, and then wash your hands.

Which states require face masks in public?

States and counties across the US are putting in place requirements for mandatory mask wearing in public spaces. We’re updating our table daily for changes across the United States. Search for your county and/or state below.

State or territory Requirements More info
Federal RECOMMENDED — The CDC recommends a cloth mask or face covering in public and where social distancing is not possible. OSHA recommends that workers cover their noses and mouths with a mask or covering to prevent virus spread. More info
Alabama REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 6+ in public, in transporation vehicles, outdoors in gatherings of 10+ people and where social distancing isn't possible. Face coverings required for employees of restaurants, gyms, entertainment locales and other public settings. More info
Alaska RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate requiring face masks, though recommended. Face coverings required for employees of reopening businesses statewide. Local ordinances require face coverings in Anchorage and Juneau. More info
Arizona RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though recommended. Face masks required for workers in restaurants, bars, gyms, indoor theaters and other entertainment venues. Also required for patrons and employees of barbers and cosmetologists statewide. Local ordinances require face coverings in Avondale, Carefree, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Tuscon and Maricopa County. More info
Arkansas REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face coverings for people ages 9+ indoors and outdoors when exposed to people outside of household and when social distancing isn't possible. Required for restaurants, gyms and other settings where staff comes into close contact with the public. Local ordinances require face coverings in Bentonville, Camden, Conway, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Helena-West Helena, Hot Springs, Lake Village, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Rogers and Tontitown. More info
California REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face coverings or masks for ages 2+ in common and public spaces and outdoors when distancing isn't possible. Nonrestricted alternatives OK for those who have a medical condition. Local ordinances require face coverings in Beverly Hills, Berkeley, Calabasas, Contra Costa County, Costa Mesa, Duarte, Fremond, Glendale, Herrmosa Beach, Irvine, Manhattan Beach, Marin County, Monterey, Napa County, Salina, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Monica, Sonoma County, West Hollywood and Yolo County. More info
Colorado REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for ages 10+ in indoor public spaces and some outdoor spaces.Required for employees of critical businesses and mass transportation. Local ordinances require face coverings in multiple cities, counties and jurisdictions. More info
Connecticut REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face coverings or masks for ages 2+ in common and public spaces and outdoors when social distancing isn't possible. Required for workers and patrons in restaurants, retail, offices and personal care services. More info
Delaware REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for ages 2+ in public and where social distancing isn't possible. Required for employees and patrons in restaurants, personal care and other public settings. More info
Florida RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though recommended for those ages 2+. Face coverings required for personal care providers and employees. Local ordinances require some form of face covering mandate in public, including Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Duval, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Indian River, Leon, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Walton counties. Also required in Anna Maria, Apalachicola, Aventura, Biscayne Park, Bradenton, Boca Raton, Cocoa Beach, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Cutler Bay, Dania Beach, Davie, Daytona Beach, Deerfield Beach, DeLand, Delray Beach, Doral, Fernandina Beach, Flagler Beach, Florrida City, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers Beach, Golden Beach, Gulf Breeze, Hialeah, Hollywood, Holmes Beach, Homestead, Indian Harbour Beach, Indiatlantic, Jacksonville, Key Biscayne, Key West, Leesburg, Lakelsand, Mary Esther, Medley, Melbourne, Miami, Miami Lakes, Milton, Miramar, New Smyrna Beach, North Miami, Oakland Park, Ocala, Orange City, Palatka, Palm Coast, Palmetto Bay, Panama City Beach, Pensacola, Perry, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Punta Gorda, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Sanibal, Sarasota, Satellite Beach, Surfside, Tamarac, Tampa, West Melbourne, Wilton Manor, Winter Haven and Venice. More info
Georgia RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate requiring face coverings in public, though recommended. Face coverings required for employees of bars, restaurants, personal care providers, amusement parks, carnivals, conventions and live performances. Local ordinances require face coverings in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Clayton County, College Park, Decatur, DeKalb County, Doraville, Dunwoody, East Point, Fairburn, Rome, Sandy Springs, Savannah, Smyrna, South Fulton, Statesboro and Union City. More info
Hawaii REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks in most public places and while ordering from drive-thrus. Required for customers and employees at essential or designated businesses and operations. Local ordinances require face coverings in multiple cities, counties and jurisdictions. More info
Idaho RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though face coverings strongly advised for residents. Local ordinances require face coverings in Ada County and in Bellevue, Boise, Driggs, Ketchum, McCall and Victor. More info
Illinois REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face coverings for people age 2+ in public spaces where social distancing isn't possible. Local ordinances require face coverings in multiple cities, counties and jurisdictions. More info
Indiana REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face coverings for people ages 7+ indoors and when social distancing isn't possible. Local ordinances require face coverings in multiple cities, counties and jurisdictions. More info
Iowa REQUIRED — Masks required for personal care services businesses and for those attending large gatherings. Local ordinances require face coverings in Dubuque and Johnson counties and Ames, Iowa City and Mount Vernon, Waterloo. More info
Kansas REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 5+ in indoor and outdoor public spaces. More info
Kentucky REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for those ages 5+ in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. More info
Louisiana REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring people ages 7+ to wear face masks in public indoor and outdoor spaces. More info
Maine REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring all people to wear face masks in public spaces. More info
Maryland REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 5+ in indoor and outdoor public spaces. More info
Massachusetts REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring people ages 5+ to wear face masks in public. More info
Michigan REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks over nose and mouth in public for those ages 4+. More info
Minnesota REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks in indoor public spaces and some outdoor spaces for those ages 5+. More info
Mississippi RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though face coverings strongly advised for residents. Local ordinances require face coverings in multiple cities, counties and jurisdictions. More info
Missouri RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though recommended. Local ordinances require face coverings in multiple cities, counties and jurisdictions. More info
Montana REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 5+ in indoor public spaces and some outdoor gathering spaces in all counties with at least four active COVID-19 cases. More info
Nebraska RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate for face coverings. However, face masks are required for barbershops, salons and other personal-care businesses. Masks are recommended for restaurants and other indoor spaces. Local ordinances require face coverings in multiple cities, counties and jurisdictions. More info
Nevada REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks in public for all people ages 9+. More info
New Hampshire REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people in groups of 100+ and all indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing isn't possible. More info
New Jersey REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 2+ in all indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing isn't possible. More info
New Mexico REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks in public, including while exercising. More info
New York REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face coverings in public spaces and where social distancing isn't possible for those ages 2+. More info
North Carolina REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face coverings in all public spaces. More info
North Dakota REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face coverings in public spaces and where social distancing isn't possible for those ages 4+. More info
Ohio REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks in all public spaces for those ages 9+. More info
Oklahoma RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate requiring face masks in public, though it's recommended to follow CDC guidelines. Local ordinances require face coverings in multiple cities, counties and jurisdictions. More info
Oregon REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 5+ in indoor and outdoor public spaces. More info
Pennsylvania REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks in all indoor and outdoor public spaces for those ages 2+. More info
Puerto Rico REQUIRED — Mandate requiring face masks in public. More info
Rhode Island REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks or coverings in all indoor and outdoor public spaces for those ages 2+. More info
South Carolina RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though encouraged. Local ordinances require face coverings in some form in Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland and Walterboro/Colleton counties. City ordinances in Arcadia Lakes, Beaufort, Bishopville, Camden, Cayce, Clemson, Columbia, Conway, Folly Beach, Forest Acres, Fort Mill, Greenville, Hilton Head, Irmo, Kiawah Island, Lexington, Manning, Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, Newberry, North, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Summerville, Sumter and West Columbia. More info
South Dakota RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though recommended. More info
Tennessee RECOMMENDED — No statewide mandate requiring face masks in public, though encouraged for employees and members of the public. Local ordinances require face coverings in multiple cities, counties and jurisdictions. More info
Texas REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 9+ in public. Local ordinances require face coverings in multiple cities, counties and jurisdictions. More info
Utah REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks or coverings in all indoor and outdoor public spaces for those ages 2+. More info
Vermont REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 2+ while in public spaces where social distancing isn't possible. More info
Virginia REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks in all public indoor and outdoor spaces for those ages 5+. More info
Washington REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face coverings for people ages 2+ in all situations where social distancing isn't possible. More info
Washington, DC REQUIRED — Districtwide mandate requiring face masks for ages 2+ whenever outside the home or likely to come in contact with others. Required in businesses, offices and other public settings. More info
West Virginia REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 9+ in all indoor public spaces and when social distancing isn't possible. More info
Wisconsin REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 5+ in enclosed public spaces and recommended while outdoors. More info
Wyoming REQUIRED — Statewide mandate requiring face masks or coverings in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. More info

Which type of mask do I need?

There’s a lot of information out there about when and where to wear a mask and what type of mask you need for various situations. Use this quick guide to help you decide which kind of face mask best fits your needs.

Mask typeWho’s it best for?DescriptionHow long does it last?
N95, KN95 respirator masks Healthcare workersBlocks at least 95% of airborne particles when worn properly. Adheres to government testing regulations.Can be reused in certain situations, but must be discarded after coming into contact with bodily fluids, infected patients and in other circumstances. Read the CDC’s full reuse guidelines.
Surgical face masks People who are sick and caretakersProtects wearers from infecting others. Usually made of 3 layers of melt-blown fabric.Intended to be discarded after every use.
Cloth face masks The general population when in a public spaceTypically made from cotton fabric with elastic or tie straps. Some designs have a pocket to place a removable filter.Can be washed and reused for weeks or even months, as long as the material maintains its integrity.
DIY face masks The general population when in a public spaceCan be homemade using an old T-shirt, bandana, coffee filter or other readily available materials.Depends on the materials used. Most DIY cloth masks can be washed and reused for weeks or even months, as long as the material maintains its integrity.

Guide to choosing a face mask

Dr. William Li, a bestselling author and president and co-founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation provided Finder with tips on selecting a face mask:

  • Get a mask made of at least 2 layers of fabric to prevent respiratory droplets from being passed through from either side.
  • Choose a mask that has a good fit for your face, covering your nose and mouth with as little air leak around the sides as possible. If there’s a bendable metal strip for the bridge of the nose, that can help create a better seal.
  • Make sure the mask can easily stay attached. Ear loops or ties are convenient features.

“Find a mask that is comfortable,” Li says. “You need to be able to breathe reasonably comfortably while wearing it.”
“Surgical masks are now easier to find and a good option,” Li adds. “They have been effective in keeping infection rates low in hospitals.”

How to make your own face mask

If cloth or N95 masks are hard to find or out of stock online, consider sewing your own. Guides like this one from the New York Times outline the steps that can have you wearing a cloth mask in an hour or two. If you have a small swatch of fabric about the size of a napkin, shoelaces, scissors, and a needle and thread, you can make a mask without additional supplies.

Face mask charities and nonprofits in the US

Businesses giving back

With mask and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages across the country, a number of companies and nonprofit organizations are donating supplies to healthcare workers and others in need. These are just a few companies that are involved in charitable donations across the US:

  • Tom Bihn. This designer bag brand has shifted gears, offering cloth face masks for sale and donating one for every purchase to around 100 essential businesses and workers.
  • Stanley Black & Decker has donated three million face masks and other PPE to healthcare workers and first responders.
  • The Company Store has donated cotton sheets to Quilting for a Cause, Sewing Masks for Atlanta Hospitals, Sewers of Southwest Wisconsin and other charity organizations involved in making masks.
  • Lucky Brand has donated denim and funds to Suay Sew Shop to make masks.
  • Paradised. This designer clothing brand was offering non-medical face masks for free for a limited time, and has also donated hundreds of masks to healthcare workers.
  • Masks by Whizley is donating 50,000 face masks to organizations in need. The company will donate 250 masks to 200 nonprofits, shelters, nonprofit organizations and frontline workers across the country. If you’re in need of masks, head to its website and fill out the donation request form.

Nonprofits in need of donations: How you can help

  • Project C.U.R.E. is committing 100% of its resources toward assisting healthcare workers, first responders and government agencies involved in COVID-19 relief efforts. Project C.U.R.E. is currently in need of donations of hand sanitizer, bleach, PPE, masks, biohazard bags and other priority items. Distribution centers are located in Denver, Tempe, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City and Nashville.
  • GetUsPPE is on a mission to provide vital PPE and other medical supplies to healthcare and front-line workers. Whether you have a small or large amount of masks and other PPE you’d like to donate, you can make a difference.
  • DirectRelief is working with public health authorities, nonprofits and businesses across the country and globally to provide PPE and medical equipment to healthcare workers. To get involved in this relief effort, head to the DirectRelief website to donate monthly, fundraise in your community or become a strategic business partner.

What’s the difference between NIOSH-approved and FDA-cleared face masks?

Differences come down to function and intended use. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) tests and certifies standard respirator masks used in the workplace to prevent dust and other small airborne particles from inhalation. In contrast, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clears as medical devices both standard surgical masks and surgical N95 respirator masks intended for use by healthcare workers.

According to a NIOSH representative to whom Finder reached out, “NIOSH approves respirators in accordance with 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 84 (42 CFR 84), not to any other standards. Only respirators that meet or exceed all of the requirements established in the 42 CFR 84 standards are acknowledged by NIOSH, and only those that have been NIOSH approved may be marketed as a NIOSH-approved respirator. If a respirator is marked only N95, that does not constitute a NIOSH approval. Currently, N95 is not trademarked. It has been used to indicate a filtering facepiece respirator (FFR) is 95% efficient; however, it should not be used in a context that misleads a user to think an FFR is NIOSH-approved that is not.”

Approval or clearance organizationMask typeFunction
NIOSH-approvedStandard N95 respiratorReduces the amount of airborne particles inhaled by the wearer.
FDA-clearedSurgical masksReduces the amount of particles expelled by the wearer and offers protection from fluids.
NIOSH-approved and FDA-clearedSurgical N95 respiratorsReduces the amount of airborne particles inhaled and expelled by the wearer, and offers protection from fluids.

What does an NIOSH-approved mask look like?

Below is an example of what a face mask should look like according to NIOSH approval standards. To verify if a respirator is NIOSH approved, use the NIOSH Certified Equipment List or its list of NIOSH-Approved filtering facepiece respirators.

Image source: CDC.gov

What’s the difference between P2, N95 and KN95 face masks?

The difference lies in the testing requirements for each country of origin. P2 masks adhere to European testing requirements, KN95 to Chinese requirements and N95 masks follow US guidelines. All offer nearly the same level of protection, according to a study by respirator company 3M.

Certification/Class
N95
FFP2
KN95
P2
Korea 1st Class
DS
Filter performance ≥ 95%≥ 95%≥ 95%≥ 94%≥ 94%≥ 95%
Test agentNaClNaCl and paraffin oilNaClNaClNaCl and paraffin oilNaCl
Flow rate85 L/min95 L/min85 L/min95 L/min95 L/min85 L/min
Total inward leakage (TIL) N/A≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage Inward Leakage measured and included in User Instructions
Inhalation resistance ≤ 343 Pa≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)
≤ 240 Pa (at 95 L/min)
≤ 500 Pa (clogging)
≤ 350 Pa≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)
≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)
≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)
≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)
≤ 70 Pa (w/valve)
≤ 50 Pa (no valve)
Flow rate85L/minVaried – see
above
85L/minVaried – see
above
Varied – see
above
40L/min
Exhalation resistance ≤ 245 Pa≤ 300 Pa≤ 250 Pa≤ 120 Pa≤ 300 Pa≤ 70 Pa (w/valve) ≤ 50 Pa (no valve)
Flow rate85L/min160L/min85L/min85L/min160L/min40L/min
Exhalation valve leakage requirementLeak rate ≤ 30mL/minN/ADepressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 20 secLeak rate ≤ 30mL/minVisual inspection after 300L /min for 30 secDepressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 15sec
Force applied-245 PaN/A-1180 Pa-250 PaN/A-1,470 Pa
CO2 clearance requirementN/A≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%

What type of face masks do Americans prefer?

Finder published a paper in September 2020 analyzing which types of protective face masks are America’s favorite, including cloth, blue surgical, homemade, medical grade, fashionable or branded, and face shield style covers. This paper also includes a country comparison of United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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