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Fast Company: Scientists are racing to design a face mask that can rip coronavirus apart

UC expert explains how mask technology keeps COVID-19 from spreading

Fast Company interviewed Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, of the UC College of Medicine for a story on efforts by scientists to design and produce face masks that are effective against the spread of COVID-19.

A doctor in a white lab coat looks at a medical file folder in a laboratory

Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, of the UC College of Medicine who talked to Fast Company about methods for designing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo/Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand

Fichtenbaum says one of the ways in which COVID-19 is spread is through nose and mouth secretions and probably by airborne transmission. 

“If somebody were to sneeze or cough, the mask should not fall off their face," he told Fast Company. "So you have to know whether the copper or other chemically enhanced masks have the same ability as an N95 mask to form a tight seal and whether there are sufficient layers to prevent droplets or airborne particles from getting through.”

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