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Links to Community Use of Fabric Face Masks

This study looked at how fabric face masks compared to N95's for filtering virus particles.  Masks made of cotton and silk, chiffon, or flannel layers, provided excellent filtration of particles.

"Combining layers to form hybrid masks, leveragingmechanical and electrostaticfiltering may be an effectiveapproach. This could include high thread count cottoncombined with two layers of natural silk or chiffon, forinstance. A quilt consisting of two layers of cotton sandwichinga cottonpolyester batting also worked well. In all of thesecases, thefiltration efficiency was >80% for <300 nm and >90%for >300 nm sized particles."

The entire study can be read here.

This is another study looking at face mask usage in the community setting.  "We conclude that facemask use by the public, when used in combination with physical distancing or periods of lock-down, may provide an acceptable way of managing the COVID-19 pandemic and re-opening economic activity. These results are relevant to the developed as well as the developing world, where large numbers of people are resource poor, but fabrication of home-made, effective facemasks is possible. A key message from our analyses to aid the widespread adoption of facemasks would be: ‘my mask protects you, your mask protects me’."

To read this study, please go here.

What about claims that masks are dangerous?  AP fact-checked these claims in the following piece.  I have also done research and have not found any evidence in the scientific literature to suggest that masks are dangerous.

Read the entire perspective piece here.

This shows how coughs can spread without a mask and with various types of masks, including a 2-layer cotton face mask. 

To see this study, go here.

This study also looks at various cloth masks in comparison to medical masks.  "the penetration results obtained in the study indicate that the filtration performance of fabric materials is similar in some aspects to some surgical masks to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases."

To read the entire study, go here.

"Commonly available fabric materials can be used by the public and healthcare providers in face masks to reduce the risk of inhaling viruses from aerosols generated by coughs, sneezes, and speech from infected individuals. The protection by some layered designs offers protection about equivalent to or better than the filtration and adsorption offered by 5-layer N95 masks. Effective materials comprise both absorbent, hydrophilic layers and barrier, hydrophobic layers. Although the hydrophobic layers can adhere virus-like nanoparticles, they may also repel droplets from adjacent absorbent layers and prevent wicking transport. Effective designs are noted with absorbent layers comprising terry cloth towel, quilting cotton, and flannel. Effective designs are noted with barrier layers comprising nonwoven polypropylene, polyester, and polyaramid."

To read the entire study, go here.

This study looks at different homes where at least one individual tested positive for Covid 19.  Done in China, where using masks even in the home setting is common, this study looks at how likely an infected person would spread the virus to others based on the different safety measures they used inside the home. 

To read the study, go here.

This early paper discusses aspects of community face masks being worn.  Even more evidence is available today that fabric masks reduce the transmission of the disease.  "COVID-19 transmission by infected asymptomatic individuals and those with mild symptoms has been documented, and viral load is particularly high in the initial stage of the disease.15 Authors have argued that the recommendation for asymptomatic individuals to use facemasks, as a public health intervention, could interrupt the transmission chain by blocking apparently healthy sources of infection.6 In other words, regardless of whether the person who is using a facemask is protected or not, its use could stop restrict transmission by limiting the spread of infectious particles. Community transmission could be reduced if everyone, including asymptomatic and contagious people, used facemasks."

To read this article, go here.

This is an easy-to-read information site for people with questions about mask usage from John's Hopkin's. 

Please go here to read their advice.

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