Table 4

Comparison of reported comfort, ease of breathing and ease of overall exercise between the different types of face mask worn during exercise

Type 1Type 2Number rating type 1 lowerNumber rating type 2 lowerProbability type 1 rated lower (95% CI)P value
Ease of exercise, lower score=easier
Surgical*FFP351120.80 (0.73 to 0.86)0.00
SurgicalCloth50120.81 (0.72 to 0.88)0.00
ClothFFP3†29310.49 (0.38 to 0.60)0.84
Ease of breathing, lower score=easier
Surgical*FFP355110.83 (0.76 to 0.88)0.00
SurgicalCloth59100.86 (0.78 to 0.91)0.00
ClothFFP3†28360.44 (0.34 to 0.55)0.30
  • *Surgical is ranked first.

  • †FFP3 and cloth are equal second.

  • FFP, filtering face piece.