A popular face mask used during the coronavirus pandemic may not keep you safe and healthy at all, experts say.
According to health experts, neck stones could even spread the virus further than if they had not worn it at all.
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Researchers from Duke University found that the neck braid they tested was “weaker than nothing.”
“The neck abductor we tested did essentially nothing, and worse than nothing, because it seemed to make big points on small points,”; Isaac Henrion, co-author of the study, told CBS News.
Neck snatchers are made from a circular piece of fabric that sits around a person’s neck. It can then be pulled to cover a person’s mouth and nose.
The problem does not come from its design, but the fabric from which it is usually made.
Neck gaiters are usually made of thin, stretched polyester, making them comfortable and breathable.
“Instead of stopping droplets that might contain the virus from escaping into the air, the fabric seemed to turn large droplets into smaller ones known as aerosols,” Henrion said.
Aerosols are droplets that can be produced when people cough, sneeze or talk. However, these droplets never fall to the ground in the same way, the larger, more visible droplets.
“And so when (aerosols) are released by someone who is infected, does not recognize him and is talking in a room, they can just build up in a room over time and whoever is in that room can suck them and get infected, “Kimberly Prather, an aerosol expert, told CBS News.
According to officials, the N95 and standard surgical masks release the smallest amount of droplets, stopping 90-95% of air droplets.
Health experts say that if a jacket on the neck is made with two layers of cotton, it may be more effective.
Walt Disney World banned neck swindlers last month, saying guests will be required to wear a mask with ear loops or laces.
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According to the Disney website, “At this time, based on instructions from health authorities, neck gaiters, open chin triangle bandanas, and face masks containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable.
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