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  • Most homemade masks are doing a great job, even when we sneeze, study finds

    Researchers tested 11 household fabrics that are commonly used for homemade masks and found that all are effective at curbing the small and large respiratory droplets that are released when we speak, cough or sneeze.

    Researchers tested 11 household fabrics that are commonly used for homemade masks and found that all are effective at curbing the small and large respiratory droplets that are released when we speak, cough or sneeze.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    This study is cited in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Considerations for Wearing Masks.

    To reach Taher Saif, call 217-333-8552; email saif@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Performance of fabrics for homemade masks against the spread of COVID-19 through droplets: A quantitative mechanistic study” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1016/j.eml.2020.100924