Imaging Technique Shows How Masks Restrict The Spread Of Exhaled Air

The primary way of person-to-person corona virus transmission is via aerosols or small droplets created by breathing, sneezing or coughing.

The reach of exhaled air can be effectively reduced using a face mask as shown in the video.

A simple Schlieren imaging technique is applied to visualize the air flow caused by a person breathing and coughing. Using a face mask the exhaled air flow is blocked reducing effectively the risk of infection. Also nicely shown is the heat transfer from the body to the cooler ambient air.

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