PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — KDKA investigator Meghan Schiller enlisted the help of a local laboratory to see if all face coverings are equally effective.

As the mask debate continues to play out across the nation, Pennsylvanians face the reality of wearing masks with no end in sight.

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller went to find out if one mask reigns supreme.

“This is called a sheep’s blood ager plate and it’s typical in any lab,” said microbiologist Jack Rihs.

Rihs invited our cameras into Special Pathogens Laboratory to cough it out and see what sticks. To stay safe, KDKA’s Meghan Schiller took her temperature that morning and remained in one room for the duration of the experiment. Rihs, who is laboratory operations director, wore his mask and stayed back during the coughing.

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