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Science behind SmitMask (MIT research+)

These are some of the reports that form the science behind the design of SmitMasks:

2-layer 100% Cotton Masks better than Surgical Masks in Real-World conditions. -- National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute. In 30% humidity, like when we breathe, cotton fibers expand and surprisingly filter better than surgical masks. "What's Inside All Those Masks?" -- Washington Post, 2021 Mar 29


Even common cloth masks block more than 97% of the droplets that spread the virus -- American Institut of Physics, Dec 22, 2020, “Masks not enough to stop COVID-19's spread without distancing, study finds. Even though common mask materials block most of the droplets that spread the virus, that may not be enough at close distances”


“(Cloth) face masks can be an extremely effective indoor safety measure.  The risk of being exposed to Covid-19 indoors can be as great at 60 feet as it is at 6 feet in a room where the air is mixed — even when wearing a mask. -- MIT researchers.  "MIT researchers say time spent indoors increases risk of Covid at 6 feet or 60 feet in new study challenging social distancing policies" -- CNBC 2021 Apr 23. Original article PNAS Proceedings of Natural Academy of Sciences: "A guideline to limit indoor airborne transmission of COVID-19". (Even cloth masks dramatically reduce respiratory jets)


“If a mask is used ... decreases the flow speed substantially.” -- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 2021 Oct 13, "Speech can produce jet-like transport relevant to asymptomatic spreading of virus" 


New York Times, Nov 18, 2020, “A New Study Questions Whether Masks Protect Wearers. You Need to Wear Them Anyway”


"New Research Shows Masks and Ventilation Stop COVID Spread Better Than Social Distancing" --  2021 

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Indoor Air, Oct 31, 2020, “Indoor transmission of SARS-CoV-2” (2 out of 7324 cases from outdoors, from two people standing closely having a long conversation)

New York Times, October 12, 2021, “An Ocean Away, I Found Some Common Sense on Mask Wearing” by Alec MacGillis

New York Times, April 22, 2021, “Do We Still Need to Keep Wearing Masks Outdoors?” 

"We conducted the largest study on masks and covid-19: They work" (Washing Post, 2021 Sep 9)

CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent Covid, 2020

CDC recommendations on masks, Dec 16, 2020

CDC: cloth masks are primarily for source control, Nov 20, 2020

Choosing masks - 2 layers is the best compromise, 2020

New York Times: Coronavirus is airborne, 2020

New York Times: Masks are for source control, 2020

Duke University Health: visual proof that masks block droplets, 2020

Efficacy of face masks, neck gaiters, 2020

Hong Kong University researcher: surgical masks efficacy about 20% (2020)

John Hopkins Health reports

Masks, like tests, don't have to be perfect, 2020

MIT: a selfish argument for face masks, 2020

MIT Technology Review: Coronavirus airborne, need masks, 2020

MIT Technology Review: Immunity to Covid-19 could disappear in months

NBC: CDC studies prove face coverings slow coronavirus spread

NPR: Mask mandates work to slow spread of coronavirus

Oxford University study: face coverings work- act now, 2020

Popular Mechanics: video with flame effects of masks, 2020

Try to listen to those who don't wear masks

Coronavirus: Fresh air "forgotten weapon" in fight

MIT Mechanical Engineering Research: Covid Sneeze patterns

MIT Technology Review: Is it safe to send kids back to school?

Taiwanese-American invented the N95 mask 

7 things to know about wearing masks and staying safe at your Thanksgiving gathering

New York Times: 239 Experts with 1 Big Claim Covid is Airborne

MIT Technology Review: Lancet report on face masks, 2020 June 1

Surgical masks in UK generate 66,000 tons of plastic yearly, 2020 June 7

Washington Post: Several new studies support wearing masks to control coronavirus spread, 2020 June 13

Survey of mask use in different countries, 2020 June 28

Taiwan is country that best managed Covid crisis, 2021 Jan 25

Forbes: better focus on one quality mask, 2021 Feb 11

N95 badly fitted is the same as a cloth mask, 2021 Feb 28

A doctor's simple experiment demonstrates why you need to wear a face mask