Dr. Joseph LeMaster, Johnson County public health officer, recommends surgical masks or cloth face coverings made with two layers of fabric.
Surgical masks are disposable masks that have multiple layers of protection. They're the type of masks worn by health care professionals in a clinical setting.
You should wash cloth masks after you wear them in hot water with detergent. Bleach is not necessary to kill the virus on cloth masks.
Surgical and cloth face masks are not tight enough around your face to protect you, but by wearing them, you protect others.
Make sure masks fit securely over your nose. These types of masks are not effective if you pull them down below your nose.
LeMaster does not recommend masks with valves in them, because the valves allow all of the mask wearer's exhalation to exit through the valve.