Masks Work. Really.
The public health debate on masks is settled, said Joseph G. Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard. When you wear a mask, “You protect yourself, you protect others, you prevent yourself from touching your face,” he said. And you signal that wearing a mask is the right thing to do.
With coronavirus cases still rising, wearing a mask is more important than ever. In this animation, you will see just how effective a swath of fabric can be at fighting the pandemic.
Let’s take a closer look at how filtration works at the microscopic level.
Magnified view of the fibers of a cotton mask:
Magnified view of the fibers of an N95 respirator:
Credit: By Or Fleisher, Gabriel Gianordoli, Yuliya Parshina-Kottas, Karthik Patanjali, Miles Peyton and Bedel Saget (The New York Times).
Sources: Audrey Dang and Brent Williams, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering and the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis; Linsey Marr, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech; Joseph G. Allen, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University; Chris Zangmeister, Material Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Edward Vicenzi, Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute; Christian J. Kähler, Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics, Bundeswehr University Munich; Jesse V. Jokerst, Department of Nanoengineering, University of California, San Diego; Frank Drewnick, Particle Chemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry; Richard Stutt, Epidemiology and Modelling Group, University of Cambridge. Instagram effect by Nick Bartzokas, Lian Chang, Lydia Jessup, Noah Pisner, Caroline Cox-Orrell and Paula Ceballos. Additional work by Destinée-Charisse Royal.
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What with lockdowns and movement restrictions and social distancing and all, I thought what the hey, I’ll do Socially Distanced Star Wars for this year’s May the 4th. XD I initially had a few more planned, only there’s only so much I’m capable of cranking out in so little time, hah. ... I dunno, there’s a chance (a slim one, mind) that I’ll get around to those... at some point...
[At least my sense of humour is intact?]
May the 4th be with you all! And Stay Home, Stay Safe etc.
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