Sanitizing Masks With Alcohol Degrades Performance

With mask shortages during the coronavirus outbreak, some doctors are sanitizing masks with alcohol so they can re-use them. But this raises questions about whether alcohol actually works and whether it degrades the masks.   Does Alcohol Kill Viruses? The research on alcohol is clear. Alcohol kills viruses. Technically, viruses aren’t … Read more

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Does Microwaving Masks Disinfect Viruses?

With masks in short supply, many people are being forced to re-use masks. That means the idea of microwaving masks has gone from a crazy-sounding idea to a critically practical question. Does Microwaving Masks Deactivate The Coronavirus? Another reason this question is critical: Smart Air tests found that washing N95 … Read more

N95 Masks vs. Surgical Masks: Which Is Better For COVID-19?

Scientists have actually randomized people to wear N95 or regular surgical masks, then tracked how many people got infected with viruses similar to COVID-19 such as the flu. This data can tell us whether N95 or surgical masks are more effective at preventing infection of respiratory viruses including COVID-19. The … Read more

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Is Washing Masks Effective After Virus Exposure?

With the shortage of masks during the coronavirus outbreak, many people are wondering if washing masks is an effective way of cleaning and re-using masks. There are companies that claim to have washable anti-pollution masks. This company in India claims to have washable masks washable and can capture air pollution, … Read more

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Are Paper Towel Masks Effective at Blocking Viruses?

In a recent study, researchers tested household materials that could be used to make DIY masks, but they left out one common material—paper towel masks (also called “kitchen paper”). Could paper towel be an effective material for making homemade masks in times of crisis and shortages? Smart Air Engineer Paddy … Read more

Best material fabric for making DIY masks to capture viruses

What Are the Best Materials for Making DIY Masks?

With masks sold out during the coronavirus outbreak, many people will have to make do with what some scientists have called “the last resort”: the DIY mask. Data shows that DIY and homemade masks are effective at capturing viruses. But if forced to make our own mask, what material is … Read more

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Can Masks Capture Coronavirus Particles?

With the outbreak of the coronavirus, many people are wondering if masks capture coronavirus particles. It’s a lot to ask billions of people around the world to become mask experts overnight. There is a lot of conflicting information. Do surgical masks capture coronavirus particles? Media outlets like US National Public … Read more

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