Is any Mask a Great Mask?

Now that commercial medical masks have been in dangerously short supply, many have begun crafting their very own for personal use or making up to they’re able to to donate to medical staff and otherwise immunocompromised individuals — a heartwarming endeavor.

One of the reasons the CDC’s Redfield gave for potentially changing the help with masks is the coronavirus could be spread when we are asymptomatic, and so having everyone covering their faces — as has become standard in Hong Kong and also other parts of Asia since January — could help rein in transmission.

Here’s a peek at a number of the everyday goods that are already studied for homemade masks. You can find more info in our story, What’s the Best Material for Mask?

The mask should strike a balance between filtering capabilities and breathability. Some materials, like vacuum bags, are better at filtering than others, a 2013 … Read the rest