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Aleksandr Zubkov

The mandatory wearing of face masks has proven to be a brilliant measure by governments worldwide to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.

However, studies showing the specific effectiveness of masks in reducing the viral load in the respiratory tracts of individuals wearing them was still limited, noted the researchers of a new study.

The researchers, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and California Baptist University, tested the effect of wearing a three-layer surgical mask on inspiratory airflows, as well as the mask's effects on the inhalation and deposition of ambient particles in the upper respiratory airways.

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