Masks: To wear or not.

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Authors: Thuy Le and Van Lan Hoang
Date: Jan-June 2020
Publisher: Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd.
Document Type: Letter to the editor
Length: 676 words
Lexile Measure: 1850L

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Byline: Thuy. Le, Van Lan. Hoang

To the Editor,

Although measures to contain the virus have had some degree of success, COVID-19 continues to spread globally. Social distancing and social isolation are known to be effective in reducing this spread; however, the wearing of masks by individuals should also be strongly encouraged, for the following reasons:

*Although not explicitly mandated by the WHO (due to a lack of conclusive data regarding its effectiveness),[1] such a lack of data pertaining to the wearing of masks should in no way be equated with their ineffectiveness. Furthermore, it has now been well established that SARS-CoV-2 virus can be transmitted by asymptomatic individuals;[2] hence, any recommendations regarding the wearing of masks should not exclude those with no clear symptoms. The wearing of masks, although clearly not a fail-safe method of protecting both an individual from others and others from an individual, works to significantly slow the spread of the virus, as the virus can easily be spread within airborne droplets and microdroplets, which...

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