1. Add a folded paper towel to fabric mask – cut a slit in the back of the mask and slip in a towel for added protection.
Coffee Filters and Vacuum Filters work too.
2. Add a static charge -COVID 19 particles have a charge, and static repels the virus. Create static by rubbing a polyester mask with a latex glove for 30 seconds.
3. Double layer – Wear a paper mask underneath a cloth mask. You’ll be fashion forward and get added protection.
NOT a hack: Since the virus isn’t a bacteria, things such as copper that kill bacteria won’t help.
Scarves and bandanas usually do not offer needed protection.
Get a good fit: You want your mask to fit snugly over your mouth and nostrils, up to the nose bridge, with little excess air escaping from the sides when you exhale.
Masks that gap can reduce protection by more than half
Cotton is best because it is tightly woven but breathable. Polyester and thicker fabrics are better than thinner. Multiple layers always provide more protection.
Look at the weave. Hold your mask up to bright light, stretch it. If you see light through the material it needs another layer for adequate protection.
Bill Nye “The Science Guy” Mask Test
Mimic the typical interaction of people speaking to one another.
Wearing your mask, try to blow out a candle from about a foot away. While not foolproof (conditions around you can change), if the flame stays lit, it is a sign that the mask is working.