This article originally appeared on Health.com.
In addition to washing your hands, disinfecting surfaces, and not touching your face, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently rolled out another guideline for stopping the spread of COVID-19: wearing a cloth face covering.
While this covering won’t prevent you from contracting any viruses, the advice is based on recent studies showing that a large portion of individuals with the new coronavirus don’t show any symptoms—and even those who eventually develop symptoms typically pass the virus to others before their symptoms appear. As a result, wearing a face covering, alongside other precautions like social distancing, helps stop the transmission.
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To follow the latest guideline, you can either create a face covering with household objects—the CDC suggests using an old scarf, bandana, or hand towel—or turn to the many savvy retailers creating their own. (Remember medica-grade masks, including surgical masks or N95 masks, should be left for health care workers.)
Unlike your coffee-filter or bandana creation, these masks are developed to be worn all day long. Many also take into account the CDC recommendations that suggest masks sit comfortably against the face, include ties or ear loops, and can be laundered regularly.
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Plus, brands and designers rolling out masks often match purchases on their sites with charitable donations. You’ll not only feel good taking part in the latest voluntary measure to stop the spread of coronavirus, but you’ll sleep better knowing your purchase is also giving back.
To help you find the brands with products still available to shop, we’ve scoured the web for the top destinations to purchase a face mask. Read on to discover where you can still place an order:
1. Caraa Mask Pack
Sports bag and accessory brand Caraa repurposed leftover materials from its production line to create non-medical grade masks. Completely reusable, they’re constructed with an embedded wire that can be molded to the nose bridge for all-day comfort. Pre-order a pack to use at home or donate a multipack to workers on the frontline. Every mask purchase is matched by a company donation to New York’s relief efforts.
Available at caraa.com, 5 for $25
Activewear company Onzie repurposed the breathable and quick-drying material used in its yoga clothing to create the perfect comfy mask. Doubling as an N95 covering, the multi-layer mask is reusable and has elastic ear straps to hold it firmly in place. Your purchase supports Onzie’s part in LA Protects, a collective of Los Angeles manufacturers working to meet the mayor’s request for 5 million non-medical masks.
Available at onzie.com, 2 for $24
Not everyone was born to DIY, but those who are can sell their creations on Etsy. There are more than 177,000 listings for cloth masks ready to shop at the online marketplace. You’ll feel good about your purchase because it supports small businesses, like this shop based in Illinois.
Available at etsy.com, prices vary
Celeb-adored clothing brand Reformation launched its popular masks earlier this month, with the first round selling out almost immediately—but now, they’re finally back in stock. The affordable multi-pack includes 5 reusable face masks made from a lightweight rayon and viscose fabric blend. What’s more, for each purchase of the machine-washable masks, Reformation will donate a pack to L.A. protects.
Available at reformation.com, 5 for $25
This sleek face mask is built with a special pocket to insert an optional filter. You can use a filter from your own stash or try Casteify’s design, which can block smog particles, pollen, and vehicle dust with 5 added layers of filtration. Each mask comes with 2 Casetify disposable filters (additional filters available on the website), and is matched with a surgical mask donation to healthcare workers.
Available at casetify.com, $15
6. Los Angeles Apparel
You can shop this machine-washable mask in more than 20 colorways to find one that perfectly suits your personality and wardrobe. Made with a breathable yet durableFrench terry fabric, each mask features two adjustable ear straps and a metal nose bridge. Your purchase also supports the apparel company’s mission to donate masks to essential works and provide livable wages to employees.
Available at losangelesapparel.net, 3 for $30
7. Avocado Mattress
Keep it eco-friendly with this double-layered face mask made with organic cotton canvas. The machine-washable masks are designed to be tied around the head and are sold at-cost by the company. They’re available in either a 4-pack for adults or a family pack, which includes 4 adult and 4 children masks.
Available at avocadogreenmattress.com, 4 for $23
Between adjustable ear straps and a metal nose bridge, this mask guarantees a snug fit for every wearer from ages 5 and up. Available in 9 colorways, it’s constructed with two cotton layers with a pocket space for an optional filter including with your mask purchase. If you choose to use the filter, you’ll want to replace it every 7 days (additional filters available here). You can opt to purchase a single mask, a pair, or 4-pack, and, 10% of the profits from mask purchases will be donated to San Francisco and New York City food banks.
Available at shopvida.com, $10
Regardless of the mask you end up purchasing, be sure to follow the CDC’s safety advice for wearing a mask: Avoid shifting and touching the mask once it’s secured, refrain from touching your face when removing the mask, and always follow removal by washing your hands.
The information in this story is accurate as of press time. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it's possible that some data have changed since publication. While Health is trying to keep our stories as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations for their own communities by using the CDC, WHO, and their local public health department as resources.
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