News and Resources

We’ve compiled a list of links and resources to help you understand more about face covers and what the scientific community has to say on the topic.

Official Resources

As the nation’s health protection agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saves lives and protects people from health threats. Here are some resources they have put out regarding the use of face masks.

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Best Face Mask Materials

Wondering what are the best types of fabric to use for cloth face masks?  Here are links to resources that cover research and topics related to the best types of materials to be used for cloth face masks.

DIY Face Mask Filter Materials: What to Use, What to Avoid

Learn the pros and cons of various types of materials and fabrics currently being used in face mask filters, and whether or not you need one at all in your DIY face mask.

Which Materials Make the Best Face Masks?

Researchers explore which fabrics are best at preventing virus particles from spreading, and look to improve PPE.

The Ultimate Guide to Homemade Face Masks for Coronavirus

These researchers published one of the first rundowns of data on the best materials for making homemade masks. The first summary was a great start on face mask materials, but the data was incomplete. In the second study, they tested crucial materials the earlier study left out, as well as created guidelines for variables like thread count. From coffee filters and bed sheets, to reusable non-woven polypropylene shopping bags, flannels and blue shop towels, let’s jump into their data.

How to Choose and Wear a Mask During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Science hasn’t yet revealed all the answers to what makes a good reusable mask. Here’s what we know, and what to do.

Answers to your DIY face mask questions, including what material you should use

Covering your mouth and nose is one more thing people can do in addition to social distancing and hand-washing to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Medical-grade masks are scarce and should be reserved for front-line health-care workers who are repeatedly exposed to huge amounts of the virus. But a DIY face cover offers a bit of protection to the wearer while helping prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus to others, a useful thing when up to a quarter of people who have covid-19 may show no symptoms, according to the CDC.


Wondering what are the best types of fabric to use for cloth face masks?  Here are links to resources that cover research and topics related to the best types of materials to be used for cloth face masks.

Cloth Face Masks - What Does the Research Actually Say? Are They Effective?

What does the research say? Do cloth face masks work? Should you be making them to donate to local hospitals? Let’s look at the studies that have been published.

Close-up Video of a Sneeze

This close-up view of a sneeze filmed at 2000 frames per second (duration 0.25 sec) shows it’s a hot, moist, turbulent gas cloud containing air and mucosalivary droplets that travel as far as 26 feet (7-8 meters) . Current social distancing recommendations for the COVID19 pandemic specify 6 feet of separation. Now you know why!

What Face Masks Actually Do Against Coronavirus

Here’s where almost every expert agrees: If you have Covid-19, and you leave the house, you should wear a mask. The truth is that no mask can actually guarantee that you won’t get sick; experts say one of the most dangerous assumptions about face masks is that they basically make you invincible. Masks have to be used correctly to offer any protection at all, and they’re most effective if used alongside other preventative measures like hand-washing and social distancing.

How Much Do Cloth Masks Protect You From Getting the Coronavirus?

The CDC is recommending that the general public wear cloth face masks to help decrease everyone’s chances of getting COVID-19. So how does the virus that causes COVID-19—SARS-CoV-2—spread? And how much could cloth face masks help stop it? We contacted some experts to find out, and to learn what materials work best if you’re making your own.

How to Wear a Face Covering

Coronavirus: How should I wear a face covering?

Here’s a helpful guide on the right way to wear a cloth face covering, by BBC News.