More than ever, it's essential to be wearing a mask when heading out the door, to keep you and others around you safe. But it is hard to know which masks work better than others, or at all.
Even worse, DIY and cloth masks aren't as protective as you think. The CDC recommends face coverings to block droplets traveling through coughing, spreading, sneezing and a DIY mask will help achieve that, but isn't a tight seal so droplets can still escape. A DIY mask also filters only 40-73% of particles larger than PM2.5. If you can, it's important to try and find a more effective mask that can block a higher percentage of particles. Of course, there are dozens to choose from.
Thankfully for you, we ranked three face masks for protecting against pollutants and other airborne contaminants.