Do Masks Protect the Wearer? The CDC Has Changed its Stance

by | Nov 27, 2020 | cloth face masks

Since the start of the pandemic, the CDC has been working tirelessly to provide us with accurate facts and research surrounding COVID-19. 

Because the virus is still so new and science revolves around hypotheses and tests, the information they release is constantly modified as more information comes to light.

One of the main questions that everyone’s been asking is: Do masks protect the wearer?

When masks were first recommended in April, they were said to block the wearer from expelling infectious large respiratory droplets, thereby protecting others. 

While this still holds true, the CDC has updated their stance to claim that masks actually protect the wearer themselves as well as the people around them.

Masks are more effective than we initially realized, and the more people that wear them, the better chance we have at eradicating the virus altogether.

Need a quick synopsis on what the CDC has been saying? Here’s the gist of it:

What is asymptomatic transmission?

Research has shown that not all people with COVID-19 will show symptoms. These are called asymptomatic carriers.

While this is great for them, it’s very risky for others because they’re still highly contagious. The initial mask recommendation was put in place to stop asymptomatic carriers from transmitting the virus to other people, and this is still the case. 

Because asymptomatic transmission has been confirmed to play a significant role in the spread of COVID-19, it’s important that anyone who enters your facility (including customers) wear a mask.

What type of mask does the CDC recommend?

Because N95 masks are still being reserved for healthcare workers, the CDC recommends cloth face masks for the general public. 

They recommend that the cloth consist of two or more layers and a high thread count for the utmost protection. It should also cover both your mouth and nose, and fit snugly without leaving gaps along the face.

Additional key points

The CDC is constantly updating their website, and all the new information can be quite overwhelming. To save you time, we’ve jotted down their key takeaways regarding masks:

  • Do not use masks with vents or exhalation valves, they allow COVID particles to escape and can blow them into your surroundings
  • Masks are not to be used as a replacement for social distancing, frequent hand washing, or other safety measures–they are to be used in addition to these measures.
  • Widespread mask usage is ideal for protecting the high risk population as well as the general population
  • COVID-19 is mainly spread through aerosol droplets that are expelled from the mouth of a sick person when they talk, sneeze, or cough, but it can also be contracted by touching your face after coming into contact with a contaminated surface
  • Face shields should not be used as a replacement for masks, but rather an extra layer of protection in addition to the mask
  • Children younger than two years of age and people who cannot remove a mask without assistance should not wear them
  • Do not use masks made out of materials that are difficult to breathe in, such as vinyl


Make sure your students, staff, or customers are protected by providing them with cloth face masks. 

At Quality Face Wear, we’re doing our part to help keep the curve flattened so you don’t have to shut down again. Our masks are both protective and breathable, and are being trusted in offices, schools, and businesses nationwide.

Our masks can be delivered in as little as 2 – 3 weeks for blanks or 3 – 4 weeks for logo imprints (with free shipping), compared to the months-long shipping time of our competitors.

Contact Quality Face Wear today to request a quote! We look forward to helping you and your employees/students stay safe during this pandemic.