The Science of Mask Making

 

​​Scientists around the country have taken it upon themselves to identify everyday materials that do a better job
of filtering microscopic particles.

 

The biggest challenge of choosing a homemade mask material is to find a fabric that is dense enough to capture
viral particles, but breathable enough that we can actually wear it. Some items being touted online promise high
filtration scores, but the material would be unwearable.

 

If you are lucky enough to know a quilter, ask them to make you a mask. Tests performed at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., showed good results for homemade masks using quilting fabric ("Quilter's Cotton"). Dr. Segal, of Wake Forest Baptist Health, who led the study, noted that quilters tend to use high-quality, high-thread-count cotton. The best homemade masks in his study were as good as surgical masks or slightly better, testing in the range of 70 to 79 percent filtration.

 

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The best-performing design was constructed of two layers of high-quality, heavyweight “quilter’s cotton” with a thread count of 180 or more, and those with especially tight weave and thicker thread such as batiks. A double-layer mask with a simple cotton outer layer and an inner layer of flannel also performed well, he said.

The inferior performers consisted of single-layer masks or double-layer designs of lower quality, lightweight cotton.

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