High-efficiency masks up to six times better at filtering aerosols than cloth, surgical masks: Canadian study – CTV

August 22, 2021

TORONTO — A recent study from engineering researchers in Ontario has found that high-efficiency masks are up to six times better at filtering aerosols compared to more commonly used cloth and surgical masks.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo looked into how effective different types of masks are at filtering out aerosol particles, which are solid or liquid particles approximately 0.001 millimetres in diameter and suspended in the air. They published their findings in the journal Physics of Fluids on July 21.

The team put masks over a CPR mannequin that could simulate a person’s breathing and exhale aerosol droplets, which were made using olive oil, and measured the amount of aerosols that would be built up in a large, unventilated room. The measurements were taken from two metres away, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s recommended distance for physical distancing.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/high-efficiency-masks-up-to-six-times-better-at-filtering-aerosols-than-cloth-surgical-masks-canadian-study-1.5556831

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