Do face masks with valves protect others from me? No

😷 Evidence for wearing face masks when in close contact with others is still growing – but make sure to be selective with what you use to protect yourself and others as much as possible!

💨 Masks with a valve that lets air out might feel more comfortable, but they reduce the efficiency of the mask’s protection.

💦 This reduction in efficiency can let respiratory droplets from you fly towards others, risking infecting others if you are infected and don’t have symptoms.

🦠 To protect yourself and those around you, stick to masks without a valve – even homemade cotton masks are effective at stopping droplets!

Check out our previous post on PPE for more info:

Do face masks with valves protect others from me?