Double Masking in the COVID-19 Era

February 11, 2021

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be transmitted from person-to-person by respiratory aerosols (airborne liquid droplets and dried particles). Infected people produce these aerosols while talking, singing, coughing, breathing, or sneezing. Some of the larger droplets settle to the ground in a few minutes whereas the smaller droplets can remain in the air for several hours. Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others. Studies show that masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth.

The CDC recommends wearing a mask in public settings when around people not living in your household and particularly where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores. Masks offer some protection to you and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. As of February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and train stations.

Thomas Martinelli and Beecher Carlson’s Loss Control team takes a deep dive into the pros and cons of double masking and if you should consider adopting. Check out our whitepaper below.