Which mask is best? My team filmed people coughing and sneezing to find out

If you’re not sure whether wearing a face mask is worth it, or you need to wear a mask but are unsure which type, our new research should help you decide.

We took videos of what happens when you talk, cough and sneeze in different scenarios — while not wearing a mask, wearing two different types of cloth masks, or wearing a surgical mask.

The results, published today in the journal Thorax, are clear.

A surgical mask was the most effective at blocking droplets