Last fall I raised the issue of getting improved air ventilation in our classrooms. I will continue to advocate for this, but unfortunately, it isn’t going to happen overnight. As we continue to advocate, one of the most important things we can do for our families is ensuring everyone has a high-quality mask.
Here is a list of mask resources to ensure all of your family members get what they need to stay safe at school, at home, and at work!
Move to a high quality mask or double mask
Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding is an epidemiologist & health economist and definitely someone worth following on Twitter. (Follow him at @DrEricDing.) For months now he has been recommending KN95, KF94, or European FFP2 masks. Masks should fit well with no air gaps, be comfortable, and have filtration.
For children, this may mean ordering online to get a good-fitting child-sized mask.
If you can’t find a good mask that fits your child, then double masking with one medical mask and a fabric mask can is the second-best option. Many medical masks leave air gaps that pose a concern for delta transmission which is highly contagious via aerosol exposure.
Here is a helpful handout from Speak Up America a collective of Top scientists, physicians, and organizers from around the country who came together to discuss concerns of U.S. school reopenings. They created this Google Slide presentation that can be printed out to share with families. Click here to see the Google Doc presentation or click the image below.
The CDC Provides guidance on how to use a medical mask with a fabric mask to ensure there is no leakage.
Please share any other resources or ideas to help families Mask UP, and In the meantime, here is a funny video you can share!