IIT Bombay Study on Cough and Masks

[1] First 5 to 8 seconds after coughing are critical:

During this time the exhaled droplets remain suspended in the air and can spread of the disease. After that time, the cough cloud typically starts to disperse.

[2] Masks work:

Surgical mask reduces the cloud volume 7 times.N95 mask reduces the cloud volume by 23 times.

[3] Every measure matters:

Anything that reduces the distance traveled by the cloud, such as a mask, handkerchief, or coughing into an elbow, should greatly reduce the region over which the droplets disperse upon coughing.

Link: Physics of Fluids, Oct 2020

 

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