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These Are the Best and Worst Face Masks, Ranked by Science

Best Life Logo By Sage Young of Best Life | Slide 2 of 13: Not only did the neck fleece—or neck gaiter, a garment worn by runners and other outdoor sports enthusiasts to keep warm—rank the lowest of the coverings the researchers tested, it actually generated even more droplets than speaking with no mask on at all. They suspect that it's because the material diffuses larger droplets, creating more smaller ones. For more on why gaiters don't work, This Face Covering Is Actually Worse Than No Mask at All, Study Finds.

12. Neck fleece

Not only did the neck fleece—or neck gaiter, a garment worn by runners and other outdoor sports enthusiasts to keep warm—rank the lowest of the coverings the researchers tested, it actually generated even more droplets than speaking with no mask on at all. They suspect that it's because the material diffuses larger droplets, creating more smaller ones. For more on why gaiters don't work, This Face Covering Is Actually Worse Than No Mask at All, Study Finds.

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