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Breaking down the best face masks for teachers

Let's break down the many different kinds of face coverings out there.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Teachers are speaking out on social media saying they're miserable wearing masks.

One teacher told Local 5 she tried cloth, disposable, and shield coverings, but some still irritate her face.

Local 5 put the face coverings to the test and found disposable face masks didn't irritate or itch as much over a longer period of time. However, do the ones we find comfortable slow the spread of the virus?

"No," said Alexis Roberts with Unity Point. 

She said, "There’s a couple criteria when you’re looking at a face covering that you want to meet. The first one is that it has more than one layer. What you want to look for is something that is going to fit around your nose and your mouth. The masks that are going to be single layer, if you can see your lips through your mask it’s probably not going to be a good mask to provide you with protection.”

All face coverings are not created equal. Roberts suggests you make sure to clean your mask daily if it's not disposable.

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