Impact of washing parameters on bacterial filtration efficiency and breathability of community and medical facemasks - Archive ouverte HAL Access content directly
Journal Articles Scientific Reports Year : 2022

Impact of washing parameters on bacterial filtration efficiency and breathability of community and medical facemasks

Abstract

Can medical face masks be replaced by reusable community face masks with similar performance? The influence of the number of wash cycles, the wash temperature and the use of detergent was evaluated on the performance of one medical face masks (MFM) and ten community face masks (CFM). The performance of the new and washed masks was characterized from the bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) and the differential pressure (DP). The tests on the new masks showed that the MFM had always better BFE than CFMs. Although two of the CFMs showed a BFE value exceeding 95%, only one can be classified as type I MFM based on both BFE and DP requirements. The influence of the washing parameters was investigated on the MFM and these two CMFs with excellent BFE properties. The parameters had no effect on the BFE of CFMs whilst the MFM exhibited a loss in efficiency when washed with detergent. The DP of masks were not impacted by the washing. The results clearly show that even though a compromise has to be made between the BFE and breathability, it seems possible to manufacture CFMs with performances similar to a type I MFM, without achieving type II requirements.
Fichier principal
Vignette du fichier
s41598-022-20354-w.pdf (2.03 Mo) Télécharger le fichier
Origin : Publisher files allowed on an open archive
Licence : CC BY - Attribution

Dates and versions

hal-04567651 , version 1 (15-05-2024)

Identifiers

Cite

Henrietta Essie Whyte, Aurélie Joubert, Lara Leclerc, Gwendoline Sarry, Paul Verhoeven, et al.. Impact of washing parameters on bacterial filtration efficiency and breathability of community and medical facemasks. Scientific Reports, 2022, 12 (1), pp.15853. ⟨10.1038/s41598-022-20354-w⟩. ⟨hal-04567651⟩
0 View
0 Download

Altmetric

Share

Gmail Facebook X LinkedIn More