Listen to the ISNeducation Renal Research Rounds Interview: The Cloth Masks ProjectISN admin
Rolando Claure-Del Granado, ISNeducation member, talks to Catherine Clase about her research into cloth masks for protection against COVID-19. *
Listen to the interview here. The interview discusses:
- Differences between masks and mask-testing
- Recommendations for materials to use for cloth masks (evidence-informed cloth masks)
- Breathability issues
- The role of cloth masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19
The Cloth Masks Project, initially launched in response to concerns about the safety of dialysis patients at the start of the pandemic, comprises a team of academics, physicians, and other volunteers to research published, peer-reviewed literature to inform the choice of materials and designs for cloth masks and mask use.
The Cloth Masks Project has compiled a review of filtration properties of cloth and cloth masks for health professionals and a plain-language summary of their findings for the general public, including how to make and maintain masks.
The ISN-COVID team has developed a visual abstract and infographic reflecting the research, available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch.
* Catherine Clase is Associate Professor of Medicine at McMaster University and Nephrologist at St Joseph’s Healthcare, Ontario, Canada,
Rolando Claure-Del Granado is Professor of Medicine at the Universidad Mayor de San Simon and Head Division of Nephrology, Hospital Obrero #2, Bolivia.