Title text: Haunted Halloween masks from a mysterious costume shop that turn you evil and grow into your skin score a surprisingly high 80% filtration efficiency in R. L. Stine-sponsored NIOSH tests.
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This comic is a line from top to bottom explaining how good different types of masks are at preventing respiratory virus transmission. As with many comics in 2020, it is a reference to the 2020 pandemic of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, a virus that primarily transmits through air droplets expelled from the human nose and mouth.
- Lone Ranger and Zorro: A strip of cloth around the eye-level. Does not cover the mouth and nose, the main ways the virus enters the body.
- Batman: Batman's iconic headgear has gone through many revisions, and consists either of a simple cloth cowl or a helmet and visor. Does not cover the mouth, but may cover the nose.
- Theater masks: A pair of Sock and buskin masks, traditionally used as a symbol of performance theater since ancient Greece. The eye and mouth holes are often open, thus exposing the wearer.
- Skincare (facial mask): A layer of mud or moisturizer. By nature, it does not cover the mouth or nostrils, but it may keep the wearer from touching their face and is usually worn by someone sitting in a chair or lying back on a bed, not out getting in other people's personal space.
- Scarecrow: A burlap sack. While it provides some cover to the mouth and nose, it is heavily porous. This could also refer to the Scarecrow, a DC Comics villain.
- Guy Fawkes mask: A plastic mask that is a stylized depiction of Guy Fawkes. Most Guy Fawkes masks provide small holes in the front for comfort, thus facilitating spread of the virus.
- Cloth: A cloth mask that blocks most large particles, like virus-laden saliva. To be most effective, it must cover nose as well as the mouth. These are much cheaper than N95 masks, and can be reused by washing. Not all cloth masks are created equal, some designs and materials are more effective than others at holding back contagious particles, but Randall lists them under "Effective" on the whole.
- Spiderman: A full face covering of spandex-like material. Would block most virus particles.
- N95 mask: A standard air filtration mask, commonly used in industry but also used in healthcare. The name "N95" signals that it is not resistant to oil, but successfully filters 95% of airborne particles. It has proven to be one of the more successful masks during the 2020 pandemic.
- SCUBA: A Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Most SCUBA equipment used an open-circuit design allowing exhaled air to vent to the atmosphere. Underwater, this would not be a threat to other divers who would also be breathing air from their tanks. However, on land a typical SCUBA regulator would expose others to virus particles. Closed-circuit SCUBA apparatus recirculate the user’s gas supply but they still contain a means of venting extra gas into the atmosphere. Neither system contains expiratory HEPA filters making both ineffective at preventing virus transmission. That all said, SCUBA equipment still covers the face and nose, rather than directly exposing others to unshielded breathing and coughing.
- Vader: A suit of armor with a built-in rebreather. Similar to SCUBA gear, circulates air back to the user, preventing spread of the virus to anyone else.
- Mysterio: A glass helmet. In the comics Mysterio often uses mind-altering chemicals, and his suit is designed to shield himself from his own weapons. By the same design, it would shield himself and others from the spread of viral infection.
- Haunted Halloween Masks: A reference to The Haunted Mask by R. L. Stine. The mask transforms the wearer into a monster, with an open (uncovered) nose and mouth, but apparently R. L. Stine had them tested and found that the wearer is still somehow substantially protected against infection (in spite of the other negative side effects of being cursed).
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[Title at top]
- By effectiveness at preventing respiratory virus transmission
[Vertical Line going top to bottom. At the top: Not effective. In the middle: Effective. On the bottom. Extremely Effective. From top to bottom:]
- [Approx. 2%]Zorro/Lone Ranger
- [Approx. 3%]Batman
- [Approx. 7%]Theater
- [Approx. 10%]Skincare
- [Approx. 15%]Scarecrow
- [Approx. 18%]Guy Fawkes
- [Approx. 48%]Cloth
- [Approx. 52%]Spiderman
- [Approx. 68%]N95
- [Approx. 71%]Scuba
- [Approx. 80%]Vader
- [Approx. 90%]Mysterio
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