June 25th 2020

Surgical Vs. Fabric Masks: Which Offers Better Protection?

Throughout shopping centers, grocery stores, and parks alike, the full spectrum of mask styles, designs, and compositions can be seen. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, how can you be sure that your mask is providing you with the best possible protection? At MQ Direct, we’re committed not only to top-quality masks, but also to spreading accurate information. When it comes to the decision between a surgical and fabric mask, here’s what you need to know.

Mask Considerations

Unlike fabric masks, surgical masks are considered effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Oftentimes referred to as medical masks, surgical masks provide coverage against particles that can result from sneezing, droplets of bodily fluid, and debris from coughing.

Fabric masks (sometimes called cloth masks) may not be effective against aerosols, but could suffice if wearers are able to maintain 6 feet of separation. One of the major drawbacks of fabric masks is that not all materials are created equal. As an unregulated face covering option, these masks may create a false sense of security among wearers.

For more details, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers an exceptional infographic outlining the benefits and limitations of different mask options.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to the health and safety of you and your family, functionality matters more than style. Although there are countless fabric masks that are aesthetically pleasing, surgical masks are a more dependable way to ensure maximum protection.

If you do decide to use a fabric mask, however, we recommend combining cotton non-stretch fabric on the inside with durable fabric on the outside such as canvas or denim. As always, be sure to follow FDA guidance and not share masks as we enter into Phase 2.

Although masks are necessary for travel, office work, and public activities, please be sure to use your own surgical or KN95 mask.

Doing so will help maintain health and prevent the virus from spreading.

Where To Find Vetted Masks

Whether you’re a business owner looking to protect your staff, parent seeking coverage for your family, or medical professional with strict health and safety requirements, reputable masks are in constant high demand. Fortunately, our team at MQ Direct provides both 3 ply face masks and FDA KN95 face masks to meet your needs.

With expedited shipping, 24/7 customer support, and wholesale options, we offer a fast and reputable way for businesses and individuals alike to protect themselves. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via our contact page. Additionally, please share this post on social media if you found it useful.

By spreading accurate information, we can better protect our community as a whole.