What is a triple layer face mask and where can you get them?

It’s now mandatory to wear a face covering in many places in England – or potentially face a fine for not doing so.

With the country having been in and out of lockdown since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, face coverings have been introduced on public transport, as well as in shops and other indoor buildings – while it’s been suggested they could also be introduced in busy outdoor areas.

It’s been suggested that for the best protection a triple layer face mask should be used – but just what is a triple layer mask and where can you get them from?

Here’s what you need to know…

What is a triple layer face mask?

A triple layer face mask is a non-medical, fabric face covering which has three layers.

These will consist of an inner layer of an absorbent material such as cotton, a non-woven middle layer consisting of a material such as polypropylene, and a final, non-absorbent synthetic top layer such as polyester or polyester blend.

According to the World Health Organisation these should be worn in places where social distancing is not possible, to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection.

Face coverings can help reduce the transmission of Covid-19 because the virus is spread when droplets are sprayed into the air when infected people talk, cough or sneeze.

You must wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off and wash them regularly.

Where can you get a triple layer face mask?

There is no shortage of websites and retailers currently selling face masks – you can see a selection of them here.

Alternatively you can make your own simple mask using a T-shirt or another piece of fabric – by following the directions on the government’s website.

The WHO has also given directions for the wearing and use of face masks, suggesting the following:

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser before putting on your mask and after taking it off
  • Inspect the mask for dirt or damage before putting it on
  • Make sure you adjust the mask to your face without leaving gaps on the side, and make sure the mask covers your nose, mouth and chin
  • Avoid touching the mask while you’re wearing it
  • When removing the mask, do so with the straps behind the ears or head, and pull it away from your face
  • Keep your mask in a clean resealable plastic bag when not in use, if it is not dirty or wet and you plan to re-use it – and remove it by the straps when you take it out of the bag
  • Wash your mask in soap or detergent and hot water at least once daily

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