Using neck gaiters may fasten the spread of COVID-19, a study reveals

The panic situation created by the novel coronavirus is enormous, and it crooked the world as well. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been advising to wear masks and to maintain social distance in any public place. Also, the interest with the type of mask, which made from the cloths either fabricated or simple, and surgical masks arose. Some studies also disapproved of the use of bandannas in controlling the spread of the virus. Research suggests that the mask should have 2 or 3 layers. As an alternative to a mask, many people have been using face shields, handkerchiefs, and now recently, the neck gaiters brought into the trend.

Neck gaiters

It is a closed-loop of breathable fabric that is put around the neck of the person and also often pulled up to cover the mouth and nose. This comprises of polyester and elastane and has sufficient reusable capacity after washing. The property and the use of the neck gaiters have been studied by the researchers.

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They did an experiment where a masked person was asked to speak into a wide laser beam kept in a dark room. The green laser beam depicted droplets produced from the person’s speech. Also, they have made a video and calculated the number of droplets. This study showed that when a neck gaiter when used, the transmissibility of the virus is 110%. When a person is not wearing any masks, there is a 100% transmission of droplets. The added 10% in neck gaiters are due to the fabric of it, which made the large droplets break into tinier, known as aerosols. They are capable of staying in the air for a long period.

The scientist still needs more research on the use of neck gaiters. Until then, people can use the N95 mask not only to protect themselves but also others in case they have developed the infection.

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Source: FOX8

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