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The best and worst face masks, ranked by their level of protection

The WHO and CDC both recommend fabric face masks for the general public. These masks aren’t as protective as surgical masks or N95 respirators, but some are highly efficient at filtering viral particles. Neck fleeces made of polyester spandex, by contrast, are less helpful and may even increase the rate […]
The best and worst face masks, ranked by their level of protection
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A ‘nanofiber’ mask fabric manufactured in Oklahoma filters 9 times as many tiny, potentially dangerous particles as a bandana, independent tests show. Here’s how you can buy it.

One of the designers who discovered that blue shop towels were more effective at filtering tiny particles than a bandana worked with a particle-testing company to officially test 20 materials. They tested a variety of things people were using to create homemade masks, from paper towels to vacuum-cleaner bags. A […]
A ‘nanofiber’ mask fabric manufactured in Oklahoma filters 9 times as many tiny, potentially dangerous particles as a bandana, independent tests show. Here’s how you can buy it.
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An emergency-room doctor died after having coronavirus symptoms. His best friend said he ‘lost his life needlessly’ because of a lack of protective equipment.

Dr. Frank Gabrin, a two-time cancer survivor, woke up gasping for air on Tuesday. His husband told NJ.com that Gabrin, an emergency-room doctor in New Jersey, had to reuse personal protective equipment. The hospitals Gabrin worked at, however, told NBC New York they were stocked. “Frank made it very clear […]
An emergency-room doctor died after having coronavirus symptoms. His best friend said he ‘lost his life needlessly’ because of a lack of protective equipment.
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Can you reuse a face mask? It won’t be as effective if you do

Unlike cloth face masks, disposable masks like surgical masks and N95 respirators should be thrown out after one use. As a last-resort measure in emergency situations, it is possible to extend the life of a disposable face mask if extreme care is taken. If you use a reusable mask, make […]
Can you reuse a face mask? It won’t be as effective if you do
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Elon Musk says N95 masks are ‘a pain to wear’ and claims other masks are ‘better,’ but experts say it’s the mask healthcare workers should be wearing to protect themselves against the spread of the coronavirus

Elon Musk is recommending not wearing N95 face masks, the mask experts recommend healthcare workers wear to protect themselves against the spread of the coronavirus. “N95 masks are a pain to wear btw,” Musk tweeted on Sunday in a reply to someone asking for N95 masks for Louisiana hospitals. “Less […]
Elon Musk says N95 masks are ‘a pain to wear’ and claims other masks are ‘better,’ but experts say it’s the mask healthcare workers should be wearing to protect themselves against the spread of the coronavirus
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The US government sent out a shipment of expired face masks to health workers. Here’s how face masks can expire, and when they’re still usable.

The U.S. government recently sent emergency face masks to several states and cities to help first responders combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, all the masks were expired, the New York Times reported. The specialised masks, called filtering facepiece respirators, can be less effective if the materials degrade […]
The US government sent out a shipment of expired face masks to health workers. Here’s how face masks can expire, and when they’re still usable.
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The Pentagon is making up to 5 million masks available for the coronavirus fight

The Department of Defence is preparing to make up to 5 million N95 respirator masks available to support civilian public health agencies and other responders in the coronavirus fight, the defence secretary said Tuesday. The Pentagon is also providing up to 2,000 deployable ventilators and making 14 certified coronavirus testing […]
The Pentagon is making up to 5 million masks available for the coronavirus fight