Does Wearing a Mask Protect Me? Some Evidence Says Yes – The New York Times
Growing Body Of Evidence Suggests Masks Protect Those Wearing Them, Too : NPR
Mask Hack: How to Create a More Form-Fitting Level 3 Mask
A User’s Guide To Masks: What Types Offer The Best Protection? : Goats and Soda : NPR
There’s one mask type you really should avoid.
Read full story of excerpts below at Source: >One Chart Shows The Best And Worst Face Mask Types, Based on The Latest Research
“Disposable surgical masks are also made of non-woven fabric. A 2013 study found that surgical masks were about three times as effective at blocking influenza aerosols than homemade face masks (that was true, at least, when air flow was slower than a cough but faster than a human breathing during light work).
“Mask studies should be taken with a grain of salt
“Although research is coalescing around the idea that a few types of masks offer the best protection, it’s not always easy to simulate how a mask will perform in real life. That’s because only some tests directly mimic the size of novel coronavirus particles, while others evaluate performance based on viruses like influenza. Researchers also still aren’t sure about the degree to which the virus gets transmitted via aerosols, since those tiny particles are extremely hard to trap and study without killing the virus.
“Some scientists even have different ideas of what constitutes an aerosol – the generally accepted cutoff is less than 5 microns (that’s roughly the size of a dust particle) – and many experts think the delineation is arbitrary altogether.
“Different studies also test masks under different circumstances: Some mimic the heavy air flow produced when a person coughs, while others mimic the air flow when a person is talking or breathing normally. And of course, masks perform differently depending on how they’re worn. That’s why it’s better to stick with more protection over less.
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How do you tell a stranger to be better at social distancing? What do you do when a backyard gathering suddenly has one too many unmasked guests? This episode walks through the new rules of etiquette during COVID-19.
Full story of excerpts below at Source: >How To Politely Ask Someone To Follow COVID-19 Guidelines : Life Kit : NPR
“Although we are living through a pandemic, says Swann, people still want to treat each other with kindness and respect — and “conduct themselves so that they’re not offending others, not hurting other people’s feelings.”
Questions answered in source link above:
1. How do I tell somebody — especially a stranger — to step back because that person is just too close to me?
2. What if I ask a person to keep their distance or put on their mask — and they say no?
3. It makes my blood boil when I see people not following the pandemic guidelines. Can I intervene?
4. What if I’m at a socially distanced outdoor gathering and, after a few hours, people start to bend the rules a little bit?
5. A friend invited me to hang out. How do I know whether it’s safe to do so? We might not be on the same page with the pandemic protocols.
6. BONUS ADVICE: What the heck do I do with my mask at a socially distanced meal?
>A Pocket Guide to COVID-19 Etiquette With Elaine Swann
“Wearing a mask in public is basically the norm these days (or at least, it should be). But let’s be real, surgical masks aren’t perfect. Namely, they can have a loose fit and allow potentially infected particles to get to your nose and mouth.
See also story at source: >This 60-Second Hack To Make Your Face Mask Fit Better
- Fold your mask in half
- Tie a knot with the ear loops on each side as close as possible to the mask
- Open up your mask
- There will be a little opening on the sides next to the ear loop, so tuck that in underneath the ear loops on each side
- Wear your (better-fitting) mask