Even as many states move forward with reopening plans, including schools and restaurants, the pandemic doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

A group of researchers at Duke University studied multiple types of masks to determine which did the best at stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The group studied the efficacy of masks by looking at respiratory droplets during regular speech.

The test found that three-layer surgical masks, cotton masks, and N95 performed well, with the N95 performing the best in the group.

What didn’t perform well? Neck fleeces often used by runners. “We were extremely surprised to find that the number of particles measured with the fleece actually exceeded the number of particles measured without wearing any mask,” Martin Fischer, one of the study authors, told CNN. “We want to emphasize that we really encourage people to wear masks, but we want them to wear masks that actually work.” Folded bandanas and knitted masks also didn’t work very well.

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“Very simple masks, like these homemade cotton masks, do really well to stop the majority of these respiratory droplets,” Fischer said of the findings of the study. Health experts continue to recommend masks to citizens and multiple retail stores and states have made mask-wearing mandatory.

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