Americans and others have taken – or have been required to take –
myriad approaches toward stopping the spread of the coronavirus
including the wearing of a mask, and in some more extreme cases wearing
goggles or a face shield.
However, the new newest and perhaps trendiest one now appears to be
doubling up on masks.
If one mask prevents some germs from getting through, the new thought
is that two or three should be even more effective in blocking out
Dr. Linsey Marr, an expert at Virginia Tech in virus transmission, said
in a recent New York Times report that the idea is backed up by
research data suggesting "you start achieving pretty high efficiencies"
when combining multiple layers.
"The air has to follow this tortuous path," she said. "The big things
it’s carrying are not going to be able to follow those twists and
Several coaches, politicians and other high-profile individuals have
been spotted wearing two masks on top of one another.