Neck gaiters work just as well as masks in stopping the spread of COVID-19, despite a past study suggesting otherwise, according to new research.
According to KYR News, Virginia Tech researchers found that the rollable face gear blocked 100% of the large particles from another person’s sneeze or cough.
Protective clothing also trapped up to 90 percent of the large particles from the spill, along with 50 percent of the superfine particles, about on par with cloth masks, the scientists said.
During the unpublished research project, which is not peer-reviewed, scientists used anatomical models and spray bottles to test the effectiveness of both forms of facial wear.
“The neck gaiters provide similar performance to other cloth masks we have tested on mannequins,”
The findings contrast with a Duke University study published last month in the journal Science Advance, in which neck gaiters can make infectious droplets spread more easily.
If so, the researchers found that they could actually cause more infectious particles to enter the wearer’s nose, mouth and nose, making them “counterproductive”
The study measured the effectiveness of 14 types of face wear using laser beam technology.