By now, most of us would have probably have our own stash of reusable masks on our desks. Not only is it a more environmentally-friendly option than surgical masks, but they also come in stylish and unique designs that complement our everyday outfits. However, masks that are worn repeatedly and for prolonged periods need to be washed often as they contain microbes from our skin and respiratory droplets, a study has noted.
An experiment by testing laboratory Eurofins showed that bacteria, yeast and mould were found in greater amounts when a mask had been worn for a longer period.
The experiment involved disposable and reusable masks that were worn for six hours and 12 hours for the purpose of comparison.