Dr. Fauci says double masking ‘likely would be more effective’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, puts his face mask back on after speaking with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the president and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, spoke Monday on NBC News about the protection offered by “double masking.”

“So if you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective,” Fauci said on NBC News’ Today. “That’s the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95.”

Dr. Mohammed Reza, a Jacksonville infectious disease doctor, said he believes double masking helps better protect people from COVID-19, as well as the new variant.

“We know those N95s, which are scarce and hard to come by, provide the best protection and multiple layers in that one mask,” Reza said. “So if you’re unable to use that N95, which is needed for frontline workers, frontline employees, it is better to double mask.”

News4Jax spoke with some Jacksonville residents to get their thoughts on wearing a second mask.

With a new, and more infectious strain of the virus spreading across the United states .. there's a now push to get Americans to wear TWO masks instead of just one. News4jax Reporter Scott Johnson is joining us live.

“I’m sure some people would do it, probably 50-50,” said Noel Hamilton.

“It’s hard enough to wear one,” said Joyce Ashley.

“I think that would be the right thing to do,” said Carter Elliott. “More layers you have would be more effective.”

“I think one is enough,” said Carnell Tarver. “The one you got should be taking care of the job.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not recommended double masking, but it does recommend masks with multiple layers of protection.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on Monday extended Duval County’s mask mandate into February. That means everyone over the age of 6 must continue wearing a face mask or face covering while in public indoor spaces, including employees and customers at businesses within city limits. There are, however, exceptions for certain cases such as people dining at a restaurant or a patient visiting the dentist.

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