Paper towel test at capturing virus-sized particles

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

Can homemade DIY and surgical masks protect against the coronavirus

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

HEPA Under 0.3 Microns

Can HEPA Filters Capture Nanoparticles?

Many big purifier companies claim only their HEPA filters capture nanoparticles, like this Molekule ad. Although this claim is false, even journalists repeat this myth. Why is this belief so pervasive? One reasonable explanation is that the definition of “HEPA” leads people down that route. For example, this definition on … Read more

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