I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but please take a look at the attached news story from the Washington Post. It was also picked up in the New York Times. I believe both stories carry a link to the study.
In essence, a medical research group at Duke University tested a dozen or so types of face masks for how well they prevent the spread of droplets. Turns out neck gaiters are terrible, labeled as possibly worse than nothing at all. Bandanas are not much better (my choice – guilty!) In my experience, these are the coverings of choice for many runners. The positive finding is that multi-layered cotton masks, similar to the kind made by individuals and often sold by people crafting them are deemed quite good. It’s the layers and the fabric that matter. If you can blow out a candle with your mask on, it’s probably not doing the job. Sigh…
Our wish is for the Half Full Running Club to be aware and observant of our health department regulations and to model good runner behavior, since we are visible out in the community. And to help prevent our beloved activity from getting restricted once again.
Please read and consider the advice. Keep running, it will help keep you sane! I promise. We look forward to seeing you out on the roads and trails with us, with the right gear, respect for one another and a sparking attitude!
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