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COVID-19 & Facemasks: Some Stats, Facts, and Data You Need To Know

Uncategorized Jul 28, 2020

We hear so much about masks and how they’ll now help stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but their use is not without controversy. I’m doing a Livestream on this important topic today. Expect to hear ***NEW*** information and facts. Learn why they work and which ones do and don’t. What does the research say about the true levels of protection? Tune in on Facebook and later on YouTube or my podcast: The Mould Show.


Ability of Fabric Facemasks Materials to Filter Ultrafine Particles at Coughing Velocity - for Home Made and Fabric Face Mask Creation
Eugenia O'Kelly, Sophia Pirog, James Ward, P John Clarkson
medRxiv 2020.04.14.20065375; doi:

Face mask wearing rate predicts country's COVID-19 death rates: with supplementary state-by-state data in the United States
Daisuke Miyazawa, Gen Kaneko
medRxiv 2020.06.22.20137745; doi:

Quantifying Respiratory Airborne Particle Dispersion Control Through Improvised Reusable Masks
Nathan J Edwards, Rebecca Widrick, Richard Potember, Mike Gerschefske
medRxiv 2020.07.12.20152157; doi:

Who is wearing a mask? Gender-, age-, and location-related differences during the COVID-19 pandemic
Michael H Haischer, Rachel Beilfuss, Meggie Rose Hart, Lauren Opielinski, David Wrucke, Gretchen Zirgaitis, Toni D Uhrich, Sandra K Hunter
medRxiv 2020.07.13.20152736; doi:

Facemasks prevent influenza-like illness: implications for COVID-19
Jie Wei, Michael Doherty, Monica S.M. Persson, Subhashisa Swain, Changfu Kuo, CHAO ZENG, guanghua Lei, Weiya Zhang
medRxiv 2020.05.07.20094912; doi:

Ippolito M, Iozzo P, Gregoretti C, Grasselli G, Cortegiani A. Facepiece filtering respirators with exhalation valve should not be used in the community to limit SARS-CoV-2 diffusion [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 15]. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020;1-2. doi:10.1017/ice.2020.244

Mariachiara Ippolito, Filippo Vitale, Giuseppe Accurso, Pasquale Iozzo, Cesare Gregoretti, Antonino Giarratano, Andrea Cortegiani,
Medical masks and Respirators for the Protection of Healthcare Workers from SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses, Pulmonology, Volume 26, Issue 4, 2020, Pages 204-212, ISSN 2531-0437,

Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Shuofeng Yuan, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Vincent Kwok-Man Poon, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Andrew Chak-Yiu Lee, Zhimeng Fan, Can Li, Ronghui Liang, Jianli Cao, Kaiming Tang, Cuiting Luo, Vincent Chi-Chung Cheng, Jian-Piao Cai, Hin Chu, Kwok-Hung Chan, Kelvin Kai-Wang To, Siddharth Sridhar, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Surgical mask partition reduces the risk of non-contact transmission in a golden Syrian hamster model for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Clinical Infectious Diseases, , ciaa644,

Aerosol filtering efficiency of respiratory face masks used during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Glykeria Loupa, Dimitra Karali, SPYRIDON RAPSOMANIKIS
medRxiv 2020.07.16.20155119; doi:

Ewing E. Flu Masks Failed In 1918, But We Need Them Now | Health Affairs. Published 2020. Accessed July 26, 2020.

Anfinrud P, Stadnytskyi V, Bax CE, Bax A. Visualizing Speech-Generated Oral Fluid Droplets with Laser Light Scattering. N Engl J Med. 2020;382(21):2061-2063. doi:10.1056/NEJMc2007800

Can self-imposed prevention measures mitigate the COVID-19 epidemic?
Zhang L, Tao Y, Shen M, Fairley CK, Guo Y (2020) Can self-imposed prevention measures mitigate the COVID-19 epidemic?. PLOS Medicine 17(7): e1003240.

Teslya A, Pham TM, Godijk NG, Kretzschmar ME, Bootsma MCJ, Rozhnova G (2020) Impact of self-imposed prevention measures and short-term government-imposed social distancing on mitigating and delaying a COVID-19 epidemic: A modelling study. PLoS Med 17(7): e1003166.

Face coverings – Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Watch the Livestream below to find out more about the pro's and con's of different facemasks and their ability to protect you from COVID-19


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