Cloth coronavirus face masks work — but only if you do this after wearing them, study finds – Fox News

Cloth face masks are useful in protecting against the novel coronavirus — but only if you wash them after every use, according to a new study that found that reusing these face coverings over and over without washing them can increase the risk of contamination.

Additionally, the masks must be washed at high temperatures after each use to ensure they are thoroughly decontaminated, according to the analysis from the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales at Sydney that was recently published in BMJ Open

The World Health Organization (WHO) says cloth face masks would be washed with laundry detergent and water that’s at least 60 degrees Celsius — or about 140 degrees Fahrenheit. (iStock)

The World Health Organization (WHO) says cloth face masks would be washed with laundry detergent and water that’s at least 60 degrees Celsius — or about 140 degrees Fahrenheit. (iStock)

The analysis is based on a randomized controlled trial published in 2015 that looked into how effective cloth face masks are in preventing viral infections from common respiratory pathogens such as the flu, rhinoviruses (common cold viruses), and seasonal coronaviruses. The study at the time found that two-layered cotton cloth masks “were not as effective as surgical masks in a hospital setting and that they potentially increased the risk of infection when compared with
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