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Making a new mask? Some fabrics might filter as well as N95 masks (and you probably have them at home)

4 May 2020

Here’s a new study about the best mask material to add to your pile of mask studies. Do you have silk or flannel or chiffon lying around?

Maybe you’ve hacked together a DIY mask from an old T-shirt or pillowcase over the last few weeks. That’s probably good enough for most uses, but if you want to get precise about it, a new study suggests that a combination of two materials could do even more to protect you from spreading or getting the coronavirus. A mask made from a layer of high-thread-count cotton plus two layers of chiffon or silk performs nearly as well as an N95 mask—and does better than an N95 mask at capturing the smallest particles the scientists shot at it.

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