Medical masks best, cotton good, bandanas worse: droplet study

Health experts have determined that face coverings are a vital tool in reducing the spread of coronavirus—but little research has been done into how different kinds of masks compare.

A new study has ranked 14 types of commonly available mask, finding that medical masks offer significantly more protection against droplet spread than cotton alternatives—while bandanas and balaclavas don’t do much at all.

The findings have public policy implications, particularly in the United States where authorities have encouraged the public to use textile masks and leave the medical products to health care workers because they are in short supply.

Read more of the original article from MedicalXpress

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