Face masks save lives: they provide both personal protection and can protect others if you are infected. Time and again, they've been proven to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as well as other diseases and are, whether we like it or not, an essential. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends them as well as the World Health Organization (WHO). As essential as this new accessory is, there's a lot to know about face masks. How do they work? Why should you wear one? Where can you buy one? Which ones are easier to breathe in? We've compiled all the need-to-know info on face masks for you right here.
The CDC updates its guidelines and recommendations on masks regularly. To read the latest guidelines, click here.
The Best Lightweight and Breathable Face Masks
Just looking to buy some right now? Check out these picks.
What You Need to Know About Cleaning Your Face Mask
Face masks do require maintenance. Here's the skinny on how to keep your face mask clean.
Can Neck Gaiters Really Be Just as Effective as Masks?
There's been some conflicting claims about whether or not neck gaiters are a good idea. The short answer is that neck gaiters are fine. The long answer is here.
One Face Covering to Avoid, According to Science
Not all face masks are created equal. While cloth face masks are helpful, this type of face covering is less effective.
The Best Face Masks for Running and Biking
What about face masks for working up a sweat? Here are the best ones we've tried.
Cloth Face Masks That Actually Look Good
Face masks can also be... actually kinda cool. Case in point, this list of stylish face masks.
Best of Black Friday
$249 $199 (20% OFF)
Ready to go in 15 minutes, Ooni Fyra reaches temperatures up to 932°F (500°C), cooking authentic stone-baked 12” pizza in just 60 seconds. Just one of Ooni's options when it comes to making homemade pizzas.
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Lightweight, luxuriously soft, and handsome as all get-out, with its classic sheepskin elbow patches and beautifully understated donegal finish, Take 20% off and get $20 in credit for a limited time.
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Mirror is offering $500 off the entire package with code BLACKFRIDAY20 (note that this does not include tax, delivery and the $39/mo subscription). This deal runs through Black Friday, so if you've been looking to get off the sofa and back into shape, now is the time to act.
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The Made In Chef Knife easily worked through any and all kitchen cutting tasks we put it through. Saving $22 on a trusty knife that's less susceptible to chipping because of the straight-lined handle is a good steal.
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A versatile piece of cookware that's rarely on sale, not to mention a Gear Patrol favorite, this 10-inch, 2.6-quart, non-stick cast aluminum sauté pan comes with a detachable wooden spatula, domed lid and nesting steamer tray.
$219 - $269 $175 - $215 ($44 - $54 off)
If you're looking for bedding upgrades, Parachute's 20% off everything sale is the place to start. You can't go wrong with this affordable, modern take on the quilt that's got a linen front and percale back.
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It's braising season, and this classic Dutch oven can weather any dish you throw at it. If you haven't added the classic Le Creuset Dutch Oven to your kitchen, now's your chance.
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The Adidas Ultraboost has been a Gear Patrol favorite since it launched in 2015. They're a perfect crossover for training and run commuting. While they go on sale often, 30% off for all colorways is a good find.
$60.00 $41.98 ($18.02 off)
This travel pillow is 80% smaller than a normal travel pillow, meaning it can be stashed easily. Plus, the contoured design still offers plenty of support. While travel is not an option at the moment, it will eventually be again in the future so it's a good time to grab this neck-saver.
$199.00 $149.00 ($50 off)
Patagonia's Nano Puff Jacket is a modern classic — it's light, packable and perhaps the most versatile layer one can own. While only three colors are on sale currently at Backcountry (Supply Green, Balkan Blue and Mango), the Nano Puff at 25 percent off is a deal to scoop up.
$259.00 $207.00 ($52 off)
This linen sheet set is as airy as you’d want it to be, but the weave isn’t too loose either, as was common in testing cheaper linens. The low cost and variety of colors make it a rock-solid starter set.
$175.00 $137.00 ($38 off)
Carbon steel cookware is some of the most versatile cookware you can buy, making it great for everyday cooking. This skillet and wok combo set from Made In will probably be an upgrade over other daily-use pans and come at a decent savings.
$559.00 $475.00 ($84 off)
For years, critics and consumers have praised the Jarvis Standing Desk, and for good reason: its stability, design and breadth of customization options make it a worthy investment for the home or office.
$168.00 $110.40 ($57.60 off)
Our first collab with our friends Taylor Stitch, the Reversible Able Vest (and the Lombarid Jacket as well) offers an Arid Camo on one side with Taylor Stitch's proprietary Boss Duck on the other. Score 20% off on this collab now and snatch one a perfect layering garment.