The Forgotten Science Behind Face Masks


Jeremy Howard, researcher in residence, University of San Francisco, California.

Christos Lynteris, PhD, medical anthropologist, senior lecturer, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland.

Linsey Marr, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering, the University of Vermont, Burlington.

Don Milton, MD, professor of applied environmental health, University of Maryland.

Jacob Bueno de Mesquita, PhD, post-doctoral associate, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, MD.

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National Academies of Science, “Rapid Expert Consultation on the Effectiveness of Fabric Masks for the COVID-19 Pandemic,” April 8, 2020.

Associated Press-NORC poll, July 23, 2020.


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