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Any good safe economical facemark referral please?

Any good safe economical facemark referral please?

by worried parent -
Number of replies: 1

Hello, I am new here. I have an Autistic 21 year old son who likes to go the Malls and Parks and I am seeking a good mask for him. 

My research is showing that N95 masks are the safest but they are not reusable or washable. The 2nd best are Surgical masks but these are disposable. So both options would be expensive.

Can anyone recommend a reusable/washable mask which would suffice or would it be best to go with one of the above mentioned please? Thank you.

In reply to worried parent

Re: Any good safe economical facemark referral please?

by COVID19 Moderator -
Hi there, thank you for sharing with us today. It can be worrisome thinking about the health and safety of your children during the pandemic, but it sounds like you have done some great research on effective face mask options for your son. 
While N95 masks offer more protection than surgical masks, they are intended for healthcare providers and not recommended for the general public. Instead, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of reusable cloth face masks. Here are some tips on finding the best cloth face mask:
  • Find a mask with two or more layers of washable material (such as cotton or linen)
  • A mask that completely covers your face and mouth
  • Fits snug against the sides of your face 

For more information on finding and wearing cloth masks, visit the following websites:

1.  CDC: 

2. Government of Canada:

CBC Canada also published a list of non-medical face masks you can order that have at least two layers of tightly woven fabric, and contain ties/ear loops, as per the Public Health Agency of Canada guidelines: