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The Best Materials to Use if You’re Making a Mask at Home

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Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago have developed a test to see which materials or whether a combination of different fabrics works best in a homemade mask.

“We have carried out these studies for several common fabrics including cotton, silk, chiffon, flannel, various synthetics, and their combinations,” the researchers explain in their new paper.

“Overall, we find that combinations of various commonly available fabrics used in cloth masks can potentially provide significant protection against the transmission of aerosol particles.”

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