Alyssa Milano started her Memorial Day weekend by sharing an adorable photo of her family heading out wearing their face masks.
In the pic, Milano, husband David Bugliari, son Milo and daughter Elizabeth can be seen inside their automobile wearing the protective gear.
“Show me your masks! Masks keep people safe and healthy. Show me yours! Ready? Go!,” the 47-year-old captioned the snap and included the hashtag “#WearAMask.”
After posting the image on Twitter, many called out the “Charmed” alum for wearing what appeared to be a crocheted knit mask with holes in it.
“Why don't you explain how that mask is going to keep anyone "safe and healthy" and not just for show when we can actually see the holes in the knitting,” wrote one user.
“Certainly there’s no evidence that a KNIT MASK will keep you safe,” added another.
“Are you SERIOUSLY wearing a KNITTED mask!!!!...as in A MASK WITH HOLES IN IT?,” commented a third.
The backlash continued with others posting memes mocking her choice in safety wear.
But at least one fan had Milano’s back and shared an image of a crotched mask that had an inner pocket to insert a filter for added protection.
The mother of two retweeted the photo and further elaborated that her knit mask also had a filter inside too.
“Mask has a carbon filter in it. So, yes, it might be crochet but totally safe,” she wrote and included a link to purchase carbon filters.
Some research has indicated that using a filter offers more protection than a cloth face covering by itself.
“Based on our current tests, fabrics [alone] are not very efficient in stopping aerosols in a size range of 100 to 400 nanometers,” Yang Wang, Ph.D, assistant professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, told People.
“This is especially the case for single-layered fabrics. If no filters are available, people should use multiple layers of fabrics, while making sure that there is no leakage from the side of the mask.”
If you do use a filter, experts suggest replacing it on a weekly basis, at the least.
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