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Simple Rubber Band Fix Improves Surgical Mask Seal to N95 Levels, Study Shows

August 24, 2022


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Surgical Mask Rubber Band Modification
Presented by Health Lab

The onset of the pandemic has made masks a necessary daily accessory but is your mask optimally covering your face? Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and when maximum protection is needed against air-born infections, the N95 respirator has remained the gold standard of personal protective equipment. A surgical mask using rubber bands can improve its protective seal against particle exposure to the level of an N95 respirator. Jaimo Ahn, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, senior author of the paper and professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School discusses easy modifications that could address the N95 respirator shortages worldwide.

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