How effective are cloth masks against coronavirus?

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that the general public wear cloth face masks to help decrease everyone’s chances of getting COVID-19. So how does the new coronavirus spread? And can a cloth face mask help stop it? We contacted some experts to find out and to learn which materials work best if you’re making your own.

Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

Testing Shows Type of Cloth Used in Homemade Masks Makes a Difference, Doctors Say

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic?

The efficacy of medical masks and respirators against respiratory infection in healthcare workers

A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers

Coronavirus FAQs: Is A Homemade Mask Effective? And What's The Best Way To Wear One?

Guidance against wearing masks for the coronavirus is wrong – you should cover your face

It's Time to Face Facts, America: Masks Work

How To Make Coronavirus Face Masks, And How Effective They Are

How to Donate Hand-Sewn Face Masks

People around the country are sewing masks. And some hospitals, facing dire shortage, welcome them

A doctor is 3D printing face masks to help meet the desperate need for protective gear

Calling All Makers With 3D Printers: Join Critical Mission To Make Face Masks And Shields For 2020 Healthcare Workers

Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Protective Equipment

Infographic - Understanding the Difference, Surgical Mask, N95 Respirator

Surgical Masks (Face Masks)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: When and how to use masks

Policies on the use of respiratory protection for hospital health workers to protect from coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Rational use of face masks in the COVID-19 pandemic

A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers

COVID-19, shortages of masks and the use of cloth masks as a last resort

Slow Motion Sneeze

It’s Time to Make Your Own Face Mask

Everyone Thinks They’re Right About Masks

Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1

Aerodynamic Characteristics and RNA Concentration of SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol in Wuhan Hospitals during COVID-19 Outbreak

Air, Surface Environmental, and Personal Protective Equipment Contamination by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) From a Symptomatic Patient

Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic?

KP mask instructions

Can wearing a face mask protect you from the new coronavirus?

Should I Make My Own Mask?

Transmission Potential of SARS-CoV-2 in Viral Shedding Observed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Infected but Feeling Fine: The Unwitting Coronavirus Spreaders

Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks in protecting health care workers from acute respiratory infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Healthcare Respiratory Protection Resources, Fit Testing

Health Care Workers Around the World Are Sharing Bruised, Exhausted Selfies After Hard Days Treating COVID-19 Patients

Effectiveness of Masks and Respirators Against Respiratory Infections in Healthcare Workers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

What’s the Best Material for a Mask?

Performance of N95 Respirators: Filtration Efficiency for Airborne Microbial and Inert Particles

Temporary Enforcement Guidance - Healthcare Respiratory Protection Annual Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces During the COVID-19 Outbreak

BioMask N95 stats

Simple Respiratory Protection—Evaluation of the Filtration Performance of Cloth Masks and Common Fabric Materials Against 20–1000 nm Size Particles

Identification of Coronavirus Isolated from a Patient in Korea with COVID-19

Simple Respiratory Mask

Medical Masks vs N95 Respirators for Preventing COVID-19 in Health Care Workers A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials

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