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Wearing double masks to fight against COVID-19 ? Here’s dos and don’ts

GUWAHATI: With the country dealing with the second wave of COVID-19, some medical experts have suggested people wear two masks to avoid infection.

The central yesterday released dos and don’ts for double masking.


  • A surgical mask and a double or triple layered cloth mask can be used in a double mask.
  • On the nose bridge, the mask should be firmly pressed.
  • It is important to ensure that breathing is not blocked.
  • Wash your cloth mask regularly.


  • Two masks of the same kind should not be used together.
  • Do not use the same mask for two days in a row.

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Wearing two tightly-fitted face masks, according to a study, can nearly double the efficacy of filtering out SARS-CoV-2-sized particles, preventing them from contacting the wearer’s nose and mouth and causing COVID-19.

The study, which was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that the explanation for improved filtration isn’t so much adding layers of fabric as it is removing any holes or ill-fitting areas of a mask.

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Many states in India are grappling with an acute shortage of medical oxygen, beds, and essential medicines as a result of the second wave of coronavirus infections.

India in the past 24 hours recorded 3,66,161 fresh COVID-19 cases pushing the tally to 2,26,62,575.

The death toll climbed to 2,46,116 with 3,754 daily deaths.

The country currently has 37,45,237 active COVID-19 cases.

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