Atmospheric Integrated Research at University of California, Irvine

Smith quoted on double COVID masks

Wed, 02/03/2021

AirUCI faculty Jim Smith is quoted in a Mashable article on the effectiveness of double masks for the prevention of disease transmission in the era of COVID. Double-masking is largely about fit, he notes, and wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask (or a kn95 mask) helps to conform the underlying, filtering mask to your face, closing any gaps.  A surgical mask alone, for example, often has big gaps at the edges, allowing for particles to easily enter and leave. "It leaks like a sieve, it leaks like crazy," said Jim.  "Surgical masks need a way to seal better around your face. That's the whole point of double masking, in my view."   Read the artocle