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  • Testing the efficacy of homemade masks: would they protect in an influenza pandemic?

    Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2013 Aug;7(4):413-8. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2013.43.
    Testing the efficacy of homemade masks: would they protect in an influenza pandemic?
    Davies A, Thompson KA, Giri K, Kafatos G, Walker J, Bennett A.
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    Public Health England (HPA), Porton Down Salisbury, United Kingdom.
    Abstract
    OBJECTIVE:

    This study examined homemade masks as an alternative to commercial face masks.
    METHODS:

    Several household materials were evaluated for the capacity to block bacterial and viral aerosols. Twenty-one healthy volunteers made their own face masks from cotton t-shirts; the masks were then tested for fit. The number of microorganisms isolated from coughs of healthy volunteers wearing their homemade mask, a surgical mask, or no mask was compared using several air-sampling techniques.
    RESULTS:

    The median-fit factor of the homemade masks was one-half that of the surgical masks. Both masks significantly reduced the number of microorganisms expelled by volunteers, although the surgical mask was 3 times more effective in blocking transmission than the homemade mask.
    CONCLUSION:

    Our findings suggest that a homemade mask should only be considered as a last resort to prevent droplet transmission from infected individuals, but it would be better than no protection. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2013;0:1-6).

    PMID:
    24229526
    [PubMed - in process]

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24229526

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