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What is the "Best" Mask Type?

This project seeks to find out what people think is the best type of mask (disposable, N95, fabric, etc.).
Malinda Ruan
Grade 5

Problem

What do people think is the best mask type?

Method

  • I made a survey on Google Forms and sent it to my classmates, teachers, and family, asking if they have worn types of masks, and if they have, I asked them to rate its efficiency and comfort level
  • I am also looking at the reviews of different types from the experts and normal people online

Research

Mask Regulations (CDC n.d)

  • Do NOT touch a mask when wearing it 
  • Masks with respirators are not recommended as they allow the virus to escape  
  • Wearing only a face shield is also not recommended, scientests are still testing their efficiency 

Types of Masks (Maragakis, n.d) (Fink, 2020) (University of Maryland, n.d) (Bendix, Liu, 2020)

  • Cloth mask
  • Surgical mask
  • N95 of professional grade medical mask
  • Paper mask
  • Hybrid mask
  • Bandanna/scarf
  • Mask with respirator

Mask Rankings-Efficiency (Pallarito, 2020)

  • Fitted N95 mask (no respirator)
  • Three-layer surgical mask 
  • Cotton-polypropylene-cotton mask 
  • Two-layer polypropylene apron mask
  • Swath of polypropylene mask material 
  • Two-layer pleated cotton mask
  • N95 mask with respirator
  • Two-layer “Olson style” cotton mask 
  • One-layer air textured mask
  • One-layer pleated cotton mask
  • Knitted mask 
  • Bandanna 
  • No mask
  • Gaiter

Materials that make a Breatheable Mask (Sachs, 2020)

  • Lightweight cotton
  • Performance fabrics
  • Wicking materials
  • Water-resistant fabrics

Tips for Wearing Masks for Long Periods (Sachs, 2020)

  • Have more than one mask (in case yours breaks or gets wet)
  • Use a mask with ties (so your ears can get a rest)
  • Have short breaks (have short breaks between long hours of mask-wearing)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Best Disposable Face Masks For Double Layering (Abbas, 2021)

  • The best one is the KN95 Face Mask
  • The worst (out of the 11 ranked masks) is the Wudida Disposable THree-Layer Face Masks with Elastic Ear Loop
  • These reviews were made by customers on Amazon

Best Face Masks on Amazon (Parker, 2020)

  • The best is the Reusable Cotton Face and Mouth Protection Mask 
  • The worst (out of the 21 masks) is the BeatBasic 3-pack Mouth Cover
  • These rankings were also based on customer reviews

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Data

What people think the efficiency and comfort level of different mask types is, based on the survey
Efficiency (on a scale of 1-5 stars) Comfort Level (on a scale of 1-5 stars) Type of Mask Total Number of People who Responded
One person said two stars; five people said three stars; five people said four stars, and three people said five stars. Five people said three stars; eight people said four stars, and one person said five stars. Disposable Mask 14
One person said one star; four people said two stars; three people said three stars; three people said four, and three people said five stars. One person said one star; four people said three stars; seven people said four stars, and two people said five stars. Cloth Mask 14
All people said five stars. One person said one star; two people said three stars; two people said four stars, and two people said five stars. N95 or Medical Grade Mask 7
One person said two stars; one person said three stars; six people said four stars, and four people said five stars. Two people said two stars; two people said three stars, and eight people said four stars. Surgical Mask 12
One person said two stars; four people said four stars, and four people said five stars. Two people said two stars; three people said three stars; one person said four stars, and three people said five stars. Mask with Respirator 9
Three people said one star; three people said two stars. Two people said one star; one person said two stars; one person said three stars; one person said four stars, and one person said five stars. Bandanna or Scarf (as a face mask) 6

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

In the end, the most effective type of mask was the N95 mask and the most comfortable mask type was the mask that had a respirator. The mask type that compromised both of the masks the most was the disposable mask, which also means that my hypothesis was correct! The problem is, masks with respirators actually are bad for you because virus particles can escape from the vent, making it not very effective. I recommend using these as little as possible.

Citations

Maragakis, LM. (n.d). Coronavirus Face Masks & Protection FAQs. Hopkins Medicine. Retrieved Jan.22, 2021, from www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-face-masks-what-you-need-to-know

 

Fink, JF. (Nov.18, 2020). 9 Types of Masks & How Effective They Are. Healthgrades.com. Retrieved Jan.22, 2021, from https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/coronavirus/9-types-of-masks-and-how-effective-they-are

 

University of Maryland. (n.d). Mask Types. Retrieved Jan.22, 2021, from https://cutt.ly/XjL7a6S

 

 Bendix, Liu, AB, YL. (Nov.25, 2020). One chart shows the best and worst face masks for coronavirus protection-and which situations they're suited for.

Business Insider. Retrieved Jan.22, 2021, from 

https://www.businessinsider.com/best-masks-for-coronavirus-chart-2020-9

 

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d). Your Guide To Masks. Retrieved Jan.23, 2021, from 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

 

 

Abbas, TA. (Jan.27, 2021). The Best Disposable Face Masks for Double Layering. Glamour. Retrieved Jan.30, 2021, from https://www.glamour.com/gallery/best-disposable-face-masks#:~:text=ORIGINAL%20STORY%3A%20August%2014%2C%202020,option%20after%20fitted%20N95%20masks

 

 

Pallarito, KP. (Aug.11, 2020). These Are the Most (and Least) Effective Face Masks, According to Research. Health.com. Retrieved Feb.7, 2021, from

https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/most-effective-face-mask

 

 

Sachs, LS. (Aug.3, 2020). 15 Breathable Face Masks to Stay Comfortable in the Heat. Good Housekeeping. Retrieved Feb.10, 2021, from 

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/a32852613/best-lightweight-cooling-face-masks/

 

 

Parker, EP. (Oct.6, 2020). The 21 Best Face Masks on Amazon, According to Reviews. Glamour. Retrieved Feb.10, 2021, from 

https://www.glamour.com/gallery/best-disposable-face-masks#:~:text=ORIGINAL%20STORY%3A%20August%2014%2C%202020,option%20after%20fitted%20N95%20masks.

 

 

 

Acknowledgement

Thank you to all the people who answered my survey; that means a lot to me. Thank you to the internet, for its endless amount of information, and finally, thank you to the coordinators, for hosting this. I learned a lot from this and i'm probably coming back next year. Now, thank you for reading this and I hope you have a good day!