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Subject:  Re: Mask-Shaming MSNBC Reporter Date:  5/29/2020  10:09 AM
Author:  JLC Number:  884192 of 885681

Masks should be mandatory until we are all free of this.

Go ahead, feel free to wear a mask. I try to make decisions based upon the latest science I can find. Previous studies touting masks were done years ago on influenza viruses. COVID has different particle size thus requiring different measures. You might argue that using N95 masks are the option, but if you have facial hair or don't know how to fit one, they are just as useless. Besides, we can't produce enough for healthcare workers much less the entire population.

However, while the study did look at coronaviruses, it did not account for SARS-CoV-2, as the initial research had taken place before the start of the current pandemic.

Now, new findings, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest that neither surgical nor cloth masks are at all effective in stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

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