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Doubling Up Masks Creates 'Obstacle Course' For COVID, Colorado Doctor Encourages You To Consider It

(CBS4) - Health experts saying wearing a mask provides protection against COVID-19 both for the person wearing the mask and those around them. Now we're hearing wearing two masks may offer even more protection.

CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida spoke about those reports in an interview on CBSN Denver.

"Specifically what we're saying is that two masks may actually equal the protection you would get from N-95 masks, which is considered the best mask there is short of a complete respirator-type unit," Hnida said.

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He said wearing a surgical mask with a cloth mask over it does give an extra layer of protection.

"The reason for that is you do wind up getting more filtration of viral particles, it becomes more of an obstacle course for the viral particle to make its way from the air into your nose and throat and then into your lungs."

But three masks may be going too far, since that could interfere with the ability to breathe.

He pointed out President-Elect Joe Biden has been "double-masking" for many months, as have coaches at football games in the NFL.

"Even in my own family, when we have outside contact -- as limited as it may be -- we double mask. So the question is, 'Is it effective?' The answer is, 'Yes' and it's something you may want to consider."

An illustration photo taken on January 18, 2021 shows an FFP2 face mask in Salzburg, Austria, during the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. - Austria will extend its third lockdown at least until February 8, 2021 due to the variant of the coronavirus initially spotted in Britain, which is gaining ground, the government said on January 17, as discontent increases. Austria has decided to impose from January 25 a social distancing rule of two meters between each person in public places, instead of one meter until now. Wearing FFP2 masks will also become compulsory in stores and on public transport. (Photo by BARBARA GINDL / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT (Photo by BARBARA GINDL/APA/AFP via Getty Images)

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