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Cloth face masks that can be disinfected by the sun

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have become accustomed to wearing cotton face masks in public places. However, viruses and bacteria that stick to the mask could be transferred elsewhere when the wearer removes or touches it. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have developed a special type of cotton face mask that kills […]

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Cloth face masks that can be disinfected by the sun

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have become accustomed to wearing cotton face masks in public places. However, viruses and bacteria that stick to the mask could be transferred elsewhere when the wearer removes or touches it. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have developed a special type of cotton face mask that kills […]

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Extending the lifespan of N95 masks

Through a collaboration between the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac)—both national research facilities at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) —scientists hope to understand the structural changes happening inside N95 respirator masks after being sterilized for reuse.   Cutting-edge techniques unique to the CLS enable the team to analyze minute details in […]

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USask researchers find face masks don’t hinder breathing during exercise

Questions have been raised as to whether mask wearing during vigorous exercise might compromise oxygen uptake or increase the rebreathing of carbon dioxide, leading to a condition (hypercapnic hypoxia) whereby increased carbon dioxide displaces oxygen in the blood.   But the study, published Nov. 3 in the research journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, did not find evidence to support these concerns.   “Our findings are of importance […]

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USask researchers find face masks don’t hinder breathing during exercise

Questions have been raised as to whether mask wearing during vigorous exercise might compromise oxygen uptake or increase the rebreathing of carbon dioxide, leading to a condition (hypercapnic hypoxia) whereby increased carbon dioxide displaces oxygen in the blood.   But the study, published Nov. 3 in the research journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, did not find evidence to support these concerns.   “Our findings are of importance […]

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U of A researcher working on salt-coated masks that can kill coronavirus

In 2017, Hyo-Jick Choi and his engineering research team released a study outlining a breathable surgical mask that just doesn’t catch pathogens from entering the respiratory system, it kills them. Choi, a professor in the Faculty of Engineering who runs the Sustainable Engineering and Drug Delivery Design (SEƎD) lab, developed the idea of an antiviral, antibacterial filter for a face […]

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NEC Face Recognition Engine Provides Highly Accurate Results Even When Face Masks are Worn

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) has announced the strengthening of its face recognition technology, already recognized as the world’s most accurate(1), with the development of a new face recognition engine that provides high-precision certification even when masks are worn. Face recognition process. Image credit: NEC The worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 has had a major impact on […]

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NEC Face Recognition Engine Provides Highly Accurate Results Even When Face Masks are Worn

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) has announced the strengthening of its face recognition technology, already recognized as the world’s most accurate(1), with the development of a new face recognition engine that provides high-precision certification even when masks are worn. Face recognition process. Image credit: NEC The worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 has had a major impact on […]

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COVID-19 Prevention Google Doodle: Wear a Mask, Save Lives, Search Engine Giant Reminds Us of the Importance of Masks and Social Distancing amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Google Doodles are often a fun, creative and informative way of Google to send across a message to its users or to remember someone. Today Google has taken it upon itself to remind us about the importance of mask and social distancing with the phrase, “Wear a Mask, Save Lives”. The doodle explains how it […]