N-95 masks to be most effective at curbing COVID-19 spread: Indian scientists

First Published 26, Aug 2020, 3:59 PM

N-95 masks may be the most effective at reducing the spread of the coronavirus, according a study by researchers
 

<p>According to a study conducted by researchers including those from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), N-95 masks are the most effective at reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus</p>

According to a study conducted by researchers including those from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), N-95 masks are the most effective at reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus

<p> They added that any mask is better than no mask at preventing coronavirus</p>

 They added that any mask is better than no mask at preventing coronavirus

<p><strong>The study said that airborne transmission by respiratory aerosol droplets produced during coughing and sneezing is the dominant mode of spreading of coronavirus kind of disease</strong></p>

The study said that airborne transmission by respiratory aerosol droplets produced during coughing and sneezing is the dominant mode of spreading of coronavirus kind of disease

<p>The study published in the journal Physics of Fluids, found N-95 masks to be the most effective at reducing the horizontal spread of a cough.</p>

The study published in the journal Physics of Fluids, found N-95 masks to be the most effective at reducing the horizontal spread of a cough.

<p>It is reported that the N-95 masks reduced a cough's initial velocity by up to a factor of 10, and limit its spread to between 0.1 and 0.25 meters</p>

It is reported that the N-95 masks reduced a cough's initial velocity by up to a factor of 10, and limit its spread to between 0.1 and 0.25 meters

<p>The study added that an uncovered cough, in contrast, can travel up to three metres, but even a simple disposable mask can bring this all the way down to 0.5 metres<br />
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The study added that an uncovered cough, in contrast, can travel up to three metres, but even a simple disposable mask can bring this all the way down to 0.5 metres
 

<p>Tip: N-95 masks with valved respirators do not prevent the virus from spreading out and are “detrimental” to the measures adopted for its containment. Look out for N-95 mask without valve. </p>

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Tip: N-95 masks with valved respirators do not prevent the virus from spreading out and are “detrimental” to the measures adopted for its containment. Look out for N-95 mask without valve. 

 

<p>India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 32-lakh mark with 67,151 new cases and 1,059 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MOHFW).</p>

India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 32-lakh mark with 67,151 new cases and 1,059 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MOHFW).

<p>The overall coronavirus count reached 32,34,475 including 7,07,267 active cases, 24,67,759 cured/discharged/migrated and 59,449 deaths.</p>

The overall coronavirus count reached 32,34,475 including 7,07,267 active cases, 24,67,759 cured/discharged/migrated and 59,449 deaths.

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