Tag Archives: Face masks

COVID-19 masks FAQs: How can cloth stop a tiny virus? What’s the best fabric? Do they protect the wearer?

Although cloth masks have been widely adopted, many people still have questions about them. (Usplash/Vera Davidova)

Although cloth masks have been widely adopted, many people still have questions about them. (Usplash/Vera Davidova) Catherine Clase, McMaster University; Edouard Fu, Leiden University, and Juan Jesus Carrero, Karolinska Institute Face masks reduce the spread of viruses passed on from respiratory secretions. While cloth masks are imperfect, widespread use of an imperfect mask has the potential to make a big …

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Masks With Valves Don’t Stop Virus

Masks with these one-way valves reduce heat and moisture inside masks, making them more comfortable to wear for long periods, but this design doesn’t prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Read more about the new CDC recommendation here: https://www.livescience.com/avoid-mas…

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Coronavirus face masks: an environmental disaster that might last generations

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Chris Redan/Shutterstock Keiron Philip Roberts, University of Portsmouth; Cressida Bowyer, University of Portsmouth; Simon Kolstoe, University of Portsmouth, and Steve Fletcher, University of Portsmouth Face coverings are now a legal requirement in many public spaces around the world. But even before they became compulsory, masks were causing litter problems on land and at sea. One February beach clean in Hong …

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Three major scientific controversies about coronavirus

It is unclear how well masks work. People Image Studio/Shutterstock

It is unclear how well masks work. People Image Studio/Shutterstock Manal Mohammed, University of Westminster Although political leaders have closed borders in response to COVID-19, scientists are collaborating like never before. But the coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) is novel – and we don’t yet have all the facts about it. As a result, we may have to change our approach as new …

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