Are Viruses so Small They Can go Through Face Mask?

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According to research around the SARS epidemic, markers were essentially the most consistently effective intervention for lowering the contraction and spread of SARS. In a Cochrane Review for the subject, six out of seven studies showed that face mask (surgical and N95) offered significant protection against SARS. Hand washing has also been effective, backed up by four beyond seven studies in a multivariate analysis.

Face coverings are now a legal requirement in numerous public spaces worldwide. But even before they became compulsory, masks were causing litter problems on land possibly at sea.

The team also found that common household disinfectants, including bleach, were effective in “killing” the herpes simplex virus.

Dr. Gandhi and her colleagues get this argument in a new paper slated to become published inside the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Drawing from animal experiments and observations of assorted events throughout the pandemic, they contend that people wearing face coverings will take in fewer coronavirus particles, making it easier for natureal defenses to take any interlopers to heel.


Surgical masks and N95 respirators, often simply called respirators, are regulated from the Food and Drug Administration (with some collaboration using the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety on respirators). Both types of masks are tested (being cleared for marketing) for fluid resistance, filtration efficiency, flammability and biocompatibility. N95 respirators offer more protection for healthcare workers performing surgical procedure that expose them to patients’ respiratory secretions, like placing a tube to spread out a patient’s airway.

Dan Alhabsy

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