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N95 masks most effective, but cloth masks work, too, according to researchers

N95 masks most effective, but cloth masks work, too, according to researchers
Although N95 masks are most effective in blocking the transmission of the coronavirus, cloth and surgical masks also help, especially if everyone in a room is wearing them, experts and multiple studie

" N95s are effective largely because, if worn correctly, they fit tightly, but because of that tight fit, "It’s not a very comfortable mask," said Caravanos, who said he sometimes wears cloth masks.If five people are in a room, "The risk any one of those people would get infected goes way down" if one person has COVID-19 but all five are wearing masks, because there would be fewer infectious particles in the air, Caravanos said."I probably would say that if my students weren’t wearing a mask, it’s no big deal," said Caravanos, who wears a mask while teaching.A tighter fit and filtering material is why N95s are better than other masks, Caravanos said.

KN95s have similar filtering ability as N95s, but they typically use ear straps, and ear straps don’t provide as tight a fit, Caravanos said.But Caravanos said there’s no evidence masks harm children’s or adults’ health.

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