Apparently, not all face masks are created equal.
A new study reveals there’s a notable difference between various types of masks, with some offering more protection from the coronavirus than others.
Florida Atlantic University researchers found that with no protection, droplets from a cough or sneeze travel about 12 feet — twice as far as the six-foot social distancing guideline.
Bandanas proved to be the least effective type of covering, reducing the droplets’ journey to 3 feet, 6 inches, according to the study’s findings.
A folded cotton handkerchief does a lot better, stopping droplets at 1 foot, 3 inches.
With an expensive, commercial mask, researchers found droplets traveled only 8 inches.
Surprisingly, the big winner was homemade masks with multiple layers of quilting cotton. The material kept droplets from traveling no further than 2.5 inches, researchers found.