The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current recommendation is that fully vaccinated Americans in parts of the country with “substantial or high transmission” of COVID-19 should wear face masks indoors. And right now, with the number of nationwide, more than 99.5% of all U.S. counties fall into the “substantial or high transmission” tier.
You can check the community transmission status of your own county at the CDC COVID Data Tracker website.
In some places, such as New York and California, update on the omicron variant, that vaccination is the best step the public can take to protect against severe illness and slow the emergence of new variants. But, the agency notes, “masks offer protection against all variants.”. The CDC says, in its most recent
The CDC further recommends face masks that have multiple layers of material. For extra protection, a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask is recommended (double masking). Wash your cloth masks between uses, and be sure to only wear disposable masks once. The CDC recommends against single-layer masks, and masks that do not form a proper leak-free fit over your mouth and nose. For optimal protection, you’ll want to look for an N95 mask, designed to filter at least 95% of all airborne particles. KN95 masks offer a similar level of protection, but be careful when buying — the CDC warns that roughly 60% of KN95 masks being offered for sale are counterfeit.
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There are plenty of face mask options available for purchase online for adults and children alike from Amazon, Nordstrom, Home Depot and more, including N95s. And many are available at big discounts. Here are some mask options you can shop right now.
Madewell assorted adjustable adult face masks (3 pack)
Pick up these face masks from Madewell, currently on deep discount at Nordstrom. These cotton masks feature three-layer construction with a filter and adjustable ear loops. They’re also available in another color and print combination.
Caraa printed universal adult masks (4 pack)
Under Armour Sportsmask
The moldable, washable Under Armour Sportsmask (available in multiple sizes) offers breathing room between your mouth and the mask surface, so you’re not constantly inhaling mask fabric while trying to exercise. Made with a three-layer construction.
Lululemon ear loop face mask (3 pack)
These sweat-wicking masks from Lululemon, available in nine colorways, are a comfortable-to-wear choice for working out. While this mask is designed for exercise, note that it is not a medical-grade mask and is not ideal for day-to-day use.
Nordstrom adult face masks (4 pack)
These washable, double-layer masks from Nordstrom, made out of jersey cotton, feature a tie dye print and a built-in cotton filter pocket. Adjustable ear loops with sliding straps help secure it in place on your face.
The four pack of masks is currently 76% off — that’s less than $1.50 per mask. For each package of masks purchased, Nordstrom will donate a mask to “help protect kids and families in our communities.”
3M Aura N95 respirator (3 pack)
These disposable N95 masks by 3M feature an adjustable nose clip, chin tab and a low-profile design that directs air away from the nose panel to reduce eyewear fogging.
N95 disposable multi-purpose respiratory mask (25 pack)
Home Depot has several N95 mask options, including this 25-pack of N95 face masks. These are a highly protective option, though these N95 face masks are not recommended for those with respiratory problems, as they may restrict air flow. Be sure to shop for N95s from trusted retailers and brands to avoid counterfeits.
Herschel classic fitted face mask
These Herschel masks, available in eight colors and prints, currently have a buy one, get one free discount. They’re made with three layers and have a sleeve that fits an air filter. They have an adjustable nose bridge and ear loops. They also come with a connection lock that you can wrap around your head and attach to both loops to ease the pressure of the loops on your ears.
Oakley MSK3 anti-fog face mask
If you struggle with your glasses or sunglasses fogging up when you wear a face mask, try this no-slip Oakley mask, which promises to solve this issue. It fits snugly on the face and has adjustable straps. It has an aluminum nose bridge that allows for easy adjustments around your glasses, and a semi-rigid mask body that promises to keep the mask slightly off your face for improved breathability. (Replacement filters are available for purchase.)