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Should you change your face mask if it gets wet?

In many parts of the country, we witnessed winter’s first big snowfall. That includes on the National Mall, where an epic snowball fight broke out.

With this wet weather upon us, our masks might start to feel like a wet rag. But besides being uncomfortable, does it do you any good when it’s wet?

Let’s Verify: Do public health experts recommend swapping out your mask if it gets wet?

Our Verify researchers turned to the CDC, the World Health Organization and pair of infectious disease experts, Dr. Linda Nabha and Dr. Al Debabneh from the Mayo Clinic Health System.

The CDC says if you’re out and about, carry a spare.

“Change a mask when it becomes wet,” the agency writes. “A wet mask is harder to breathe through, is less efficient at filtering, and vents more around the edges of the mask. It is especially important to have one or more replacement masks during cold weather. If your reusable mask becomes wet, put it in a sealed plastic bag until you can wash it.” #WakeUpCLT #COVID19 #VERIFY


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