Tag Archives: Face masks

One year on, Muslim women reflect on wearing the niqab in a mask-wearing world

One year on, Muslim women reflect on wearing the niqab in a mask-wearing world Muslim women say they are having an easier time wearing the niqab during pandemic times. hjrivas/Pixabay, CC BY Anna Piela, Northwestern University One year into the pandemic, protective face masks have come to signify different things for different groups of people. To some it’s an issue …

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Joggers and cyclists should wear masks – here’s why

Tom Wang/Shutterstock Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oxford England is deep into its third lockdown, yet the daily tally of new COVID cases and deaths remains sickeningly high. As Chris Whitty, the country’s chief medical officer, said recently, more needs to be done to bring the pandemic under control. Masks, which when worn correctly are highly effective in reducing transmission, are …

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What psychology can tell us about why some people don’t wear masks – and how to change their minds

Marina Biryukova/Shutterstock Helen Wall, Edge Hill University; Alex Balani, Edge Hill University, and Derek Larkin, Edge Hill University While the world is eagerly waiting for COVID-19 vaccines to bring an end to the pandemic, wearing a mask to help prevent viral transmission has become more or less mandatory globally. Though many people embrace mask wearing and adhere to public health …

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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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