To ensure a safe transition back to campus, UWindsor is providing three reusable masks to students living in residence this fall, as well as to faculty and staff upon their eventual return.
The masks will be made of washable cloth and were selected after scrupulous quality testing by UWindsor’s Ken Drouillard and Sharon Lackie.
Using a microscope capable of magnifying up to 250,000 times — the scanning electron microscope at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research — they assessed the mean pore size and the percentage of the area covered by pores in the fabrics used in nine different cloth masks.
Dr. Drouillard explained the pore size relates to the size of the particles the fabric is capable of filtering.
The percentage of the fabric’s area covered by pores relates to its breathability.
Based on these factors, the duo found the best quality mask and the University purchased these for use on campus.
In an effort to further support the health and safety of our faculty staff and students, the University of Windsor will require individuals to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when entering all campus buildings and in common spaces where physical distancing may be difficult (entrances, hallways, lounges, washrooms and elevators).
Distribution of masks will be posted in an upcoming e-news bulletin – Stay tuned!