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Secondary Atomization and Possible Aerosolization of Cough Droplets through Single and Multi-layer Face Masks

  title={Secondary Atomization and Possible Aerosolization of Cough Droplets through Single and Multi-layer Face Masks},
  author={Shubham Sharma and Roven Pinto and Abhishek Saha and Swetaprovo Chaudhuri and Saptarshi Basu},
  journal={arXiv: Applied Physics},
Usage of face masks are strongly encouraged by health officials, to prevent the spread and transport of respiratory droplets. In this study, however, we show that a single layer of a surgical mask can atomize a cough droplet into numerous tiny droplets, thereby significantly increasing the total population of aerosols ejected during a single human cough. Although droplets of a broader size distribution are ejected during coughs, we focused our attention towards a relatively large droplet size… 

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