August 24, 2020

High speed camera captures how different types of face masks work

healthcare
covid-19
Kayleigh Shooter

 Which mask works best? To visualise droplets and aerosols, UNSW researchers used LED lighting system & a high-speed camera, filming people coughing and sneezing in different scenarios — using no mask, 2 different types of cloth masks, and a surgical mask.
 

 We confirmed that even speaking generates substantial droplets. Coughing and sneezing (in that order) generate even more.
 

 A three-ply surgical mask was significantly better than a one-layered cloth mask at reducing droplet emissions caused by speaking, coughing and sneezing, followed by a double-layer cloth face covering.
 

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