Neck Gaiters Are Effective Face Coverings, Says CDC and NIOSH Report

Neck Gaiters Are Effective Face Coverings, Says CDC and NIOSH Report

Neck gaiters have been proven to provide protection from coronavirus-carrying respiratory droplets.

A joint study by the CDC and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported that neck gaiters are just as effective as cloth masks.

Though neck gaiters were initially given a caution label by the CDC, the agency now believes that gaiters protect wearers from respiratory droplets that contain coronavirus when they have more than one layer of material. Research done by the University of Georgia showed that double-layered neck gaiters provide an 81 percent reduction in respiratory droplets.

“Many gaiters are single layers of fabric, but they can easily be folded up to create two or three layers, making them as good, if not better, than standard two-layer masks,” said Suraj Sharma, a professor at the University of Georgia.

The CDC recommends this method of wearing neck gaiters as well.

About the Author

Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

Download Center

  • EHS Buyer's Guide

    Download this buyer's guide to make more informed decisions as you're looking for an EHS management software system for your organization.

  • Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide

    Use this handy buyer's guide to learn the basics of selecting online safety training and how to use it at your workplace.

  • COVID Return-to-Work Checklist, Fall 2021

    Use this checklist as an aid to help your organization return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic in a safe and healthy manner.

  • SDS Buyer's Guide

    Learn to make informed decisions while searching for SDS Management Software.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Industry Safe

Featured Whitepapers

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - September 2021

    September 2021

    Featuring:

    • COMBUSTIBLE DUST
      Managing Combustible Dust and Risk Mitigation
    • PPE: CONSTRUCTION
      The Rising Popularity of Safety Helmets on the Jobsite
    • PPE: ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Five Tips for a Successful Wear Trial
    • SAFETY & HEALTH
      Medical Surveillance Versus Medical Screening
    View This Issue