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The FDA Grand Rounds is an educational presentation that is webcast monthly to highlight cutting-edge research underway across the Agency and its impact on protecting and advancing public health. Each session features an FDA scientist presenting on a key public health challenge and how FDA is applying science to its regulatory activities. The 45-minute educational presentation is followed by questions from the audience. You can also view the presentation under Past Grand Rounds following the live webcast. #FDAGrandRounds.

The next FDA Grand Rounds is scheduled for November 12, 2020. (Webcast only)

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FDA Grand Rounds: Facial Coverings During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How well do they flatten the curve?

Thursday, November 12, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Webcast Only

Presented by:

Prasanna Hariharan, PhD
Assistant Director (Acting)
Mechanical Engineer
Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, CDRH, FDA

Suvajyoti Guha, PhD
Mechanical Engineer (Staff Fellow)
Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, CDRH, FDA

Matthew Myers, PhD
Research Physicist
Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, CDRH, FDA

About the Presentation:

This presentation provides an overview of the FDA’s research to evaluate the ability of facial coverings to reduce the spread of infection and how the FDA is developing a comprehensive risk-assessment tool to predict the probability of infection with individuals wearing a non-surgical face mask or cloth face covering; given the characteristics of non-surgical face masks, the population, and the pathogen. This presentation discusses how the filtration and leakage performance of cloth face coverings, using both experimental and computational methods, input into a risk assessment model that the FDA recently developed and is currently calibrating for COVID-19.

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