Double-masking recommended for reducing transmission of COVID-19

In February 2021, the university updated its guidance for wearing protective face masks. The university now recommends double-masking, and FAS materials have been updated to reflect that guidance. Overall, both the original and updated guidance have been intended to decrease the risk of spreading the disease, both on and off campus.

The updated guidance is responsive to the increased risk for transmission due to new variants of the virus, according to Environmental Health and Safety Director John Salsman.

“Wearing a mask at all times when inside a university building except when alone in a private office has been a requirement for FAS staff members for some time,” Salsman said. “Now, wearing a multi-layer cloth mask over another acceptable mask is recommended in campus buildings in most circumstances and should be considered for wearing outdoors when feasible.”

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Mask guidance chart
This chart and other mask guidance are available in the Covid-19 Guide for FAS Staff.

The best way to double mask is to wear a multilayer cloth mask over an acceptable mask such as a disposable surgical mask. For more information, including which types of masks are not permitted, read Appendix 1: Guidance #1: Recommended Protective Face Masks in the COVID-19 Guide for FAS Staff.

“It’s important for all of us to keep in mind that even wearing a recommended type of mask does not substitute for other protective measures such as social distancing,” Salsman said. “The best strategy for staying healthy and protecting others is to follow all preventive measures.”

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March 22, 2021