Many in the medical community believe, and indeed studies have suggested, that wearing masks curbs the spread of airborne diseases. This is not new information: The Flu of 1918 killed at least 50 million people across the world. If we look back at photographs taken during the 1918 Flu Epidemic, everyone was wearing masks. While masks are not a panacea, science has proven that masking up makes good sense. Medical personnel on the Covid-19 front lines typically wear the highly protective N95 masks, often in combination with other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
N95 masks, usually reserved for health care professionals, stop the majority of viral particles from entering the nasal passages and thereby reduce the the chance of infection. While the rest of us generally do not have access to coveted N95 masks, there are many other types and styles of masks available to ensure compliance with mask-wearing laws, rules, regulations and recommendations. Simplying wearing the common "surgical masks" may offer better protection than wearing no mask at all and if two people having a conversation are BOTH wearing a mask, the protection may be even better. Here is a "work-in-progress" list of all the various masks and mask vendors that we have discovered so far. We are not testing any of the masks. We are not making any claims whatsoever about any of the masks. Some masks will protect better than others. The fit, the fabric, and the number of layers are all contributing factors to amount of protection that a mask provides. There is no guarantee that any particular mask, even an N95, will always prevent infection. Additionally, many products may claim to be N95 but may actually be counterfeits. We may earn commissions on products ordered through links on this website. Click here for a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.