Wearing masks or face coverings has become the new normal a while ago. Last week it has grown to a governmental requirement for a growing number of states, in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

What are the three main types of face masks?

When it comes to face masks for COVID-19 prevention, it’s generally three types: 

  • surgical (medical) mask 
  • N95 respirator
  • homemade cloth face mask

But are these face masks and coverings effective at all? If so, when should you wear them? Let’s review each mask type in more details: