Why the CDC States That You Should Never Wear Your Mask Like This

by | Mar 5, 2021 | cloth face masks

An ill-fitting face mask is one of the fastest ways to put yourself at risk for contracting COVID-19.

Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have proven that wearing a snug face mask, or double-masking, can reduce your chances of contracting the virus by up to 96.5%.

With several new strains taking over, infectious disease experts are urging U.S. citizens to wear masks that fit properly–and cover the nose. 

Updated CDC mask recommendations

The better your mask fits, the safer you are. The CDC recommends the following tips to ensure that you’re wearing a well-fitting mask:

  • Choose one with a nose bridge. These masks not only prevent your glasses from fogging, but they also allow you to form the top of the mask so that it fits your nose perfectly and creates a tight seal.
  • Add a cloth mask on top of your disposable mask. This is called double-masking, and the extra layer can block out twice as many particles as one mask alone. Three-ply masks can also do the trick.
  • Use the “knotting-and-tucking” method. If wearing a disposable mask, fold it in half, then knot the ear loops where they join the mask and tuck in the excess fabric. This video tutorial takes you through the process step by step.
  • Seek out adjustable ear loops if you’d prefer a cloth mask. The knotting-and-tucking method can be quite difficult if wearing a cloth mask, which is why we recommend purchasing one with adjustable ear loops. The adjustable component on each ear loop slides easily to fit every face shape snugly and comfortably.
  • Use a mask brace or fitter over your mask to keep it pressed onto your face. These plastic contraptions are key to stopping air from leaking in and out of the mask.

Proof that these techniques work

These tips have been proven to work by the CDC. One of their most recent studies tested how well masks block aerosols ejected during a cough. 

The results of this study showed that double-masking blocked 85.4% of emitted particles, while knotting and tucking blocked 77%. It also revealed that a single cloth mask blocked 51.4% of particles, while an unknotted surgical mask blocked 56.1%.

When both the receiver and the source of the aerosols either double-masked or wore a knotted and tucked disposable mask, particles were blocked by 95.9% and 96.4% respectively.

All of the CDC-recommended tips in one face mask

At Quality Face Wear, we specialize in filling bulk mask orders for schools and businesses, but we do offer a few novelty face masks that can be purchased individually. 

Our masks come with a variety of add-on options. This includes a 3-ply feature, nose bridge, adjustable ear loops, and more. We also offer masks with filter pockets for the utmost protection. These components are crucial to helping your mask fit snugly and protecting yourself as well as those around you. Order yours today!


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.