While N95 masks may still be in short supply as the COVID pandemic rages on, there may be a clever solution that keeps you nearly as protected as medical-grade PPE. According to a new study, a dry baby wipe could be the key to making your mask nearly as protective as an N95. Read on to learn more about this science-backed hack, and for more mask tips you need to know, find out why If Your Mask Doesn't Have These 4 Things, Get a New One, Doctor Says.
For their study, researchers out of the University of British Columbia tested multiple mask styles and 41 different fabrics to see how they blocked droplets. After comparing the results, they concluded that masks that consist of two layers of low-thread-count quilting cotton plus a three-ply dried baby wipe as a filter were very effective at stopping droplets from spreading.
"Baby wipes are typically made of spunlace and spunbond polypropylene—similar to the types of polypropylene found in medical masks and N95 respirators," Jane Wang, PhD, a clinical professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia School of Biomedical Engineering, explained in a statement.
In fact, according to Steven N. Rogak, PhD, a University of British Columbia professor of mechanical engineering who specializes in aerosols, "A well-fitted, well-designed cloth mask with a baby-wipe filter will be more effective at filtering 5- or 10-micron particles than a poorly fitted N95 mask."
According to a 2012 research article published in BMC Pulmonary Medicine, the average human cough aerosol ranges from .01 to 900 microns in size, suggesting that the addition of a dry baby wipe filter to an average cloth mask could be enough to keep COVID-contaminated respiratory droplets from spreading.
However, that's not the only way experts say you can make your mask safer. Read on to discover what to do to ensure you've got the best protection against COVID. And for the latest mask news, Dr. Fauci Says the CDC May Make This Major Mask Change Soon.
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