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This face mask may actually help the spread of coronavirus, here's why

Scientists have found a commonly used face covering is actually worse for coronavirus protection/prevention than no mask at all.

Published Tue, Aug 11 2020 8:03 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:42 AM CST

As masks become more widely adopted in the United States, it's important that people are aware of which ones are effective and which ones aren't.

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According to a recent study published in Science Advances, researchers from Duke University performed an experiment that tested all the different kinds of commonly used face masks. The tests were designed to measure the masks' effectiveness and how they block respiratory droplets that may contain coronavirus particles.

The researchers examined how the masks blocked these respiratory particles by getting one person to speak the same phrase into a box the same amount of times. What the researchers found was that fitted N95 masks were the most effective at disrupting droplets. The second best mask was the surgical mask made from poly-cotton material. Next was the handmade cotton masks, and finally, the last on the list, even below no mask at all, was a neck fleece.

Neck fleeces are sometimes referred to as a neck gaiter, and they are commonly used by runners and people who are participating in strenuous outdoor activities. So, why is this form of face-covering worse than no mask at all? Firstly, its because they are not designed to block respiratory droplet spread, and as the researchers found, the material actually diffuses droplets, which then creates much smaller particles than can then be carried further.

Martin Fischer, PhD, of the chemistry department, and collaborator on the study said, "Of course, what makes that problematic is that smaller particles could actually be carried away with air much more easily than big particles that might just drop down to the floor."

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