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This reminds me of the great debate over eggs. One week, they’re good for you. The next, they’re not. According to KYR News, new research from Virginia Tech indicates that neck gaiters work just as well as masks at blocking coronavirus. But if you recall, a recent study by Duke University said exactly the opposite. It’s another ACC showdown.

The researchers at Virginia Tech found that the cloth face gear blocked 100% of large particles from another person’s sneeze or cough. The neck gaiters also trapped up to 90% of large particles from escaping, along with 50% of superfine particles. That’s comparable to regular face masks, the scientists said. During the unpublished research project, which is not peer-reviewed, scientists used anatomical models and spray bottles to test the effectiveness of both forms of face wear.

The results of the Virginia Tech study differ greatly from research conducted by Duke University that was published last month in the journal Science Advance. The folks at Duke said that neck gaiters may make infectious droplets spread more easily. They found that gaiters may actually cause more infectious particles to enter the wearer’s nose and mouth, making them “counterproductive.”

I prefer wearing a neck gaiter to a mask. Once it goes on, it stays on all day. There’s no chance of forgetting a face covering before walking into a store. Also, my glasses don’t fog up as much with a neck gaiter. The only drawback is that it can be a bit warm. After all, a neck gaiter is a lot like a scarf or turtleneck. But I’ll appreciate it even more once winter gets here.

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