WESTFIELD, NJ — The CDC has advised that people wear masks, including cloth face coverings, while in public spaces. New Jersey has mandated that people inside of retail businesses, such as food stores, wear masks. But what's the best way to do that with limited supplies of disposable masks?

The CDC says cloth face coverings should fit snugly but comfortably, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction and be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage.

Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad President David Sloan said that cloth masks should be washed each day they are used so that bacteria and viruses do not build up.

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“If the mask is not properly cleaned, people will inadvertently breathe in these dangerous pathogens and reduce their immune response to disease in general,” Sloan said.

Offering a simple solution, he also advised the public to take care not to reduce their oxygen intake while wearing masks.

“Wearing masks can cause shortness of breath and dizziness,” Sloan said. “If Westfield residents experience these things, they should immediately remove their masks and breathe deeply. Disruption of oxygen levels leads to a weakened immune response, and a strong immune system is necessary to combat all viruses.”

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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