Is one-way masking enough?

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Author: Lauren Vogel
Date: May 16, 2022
From: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal(Vol. 194, Issue 19)
Publisher: CMA Impact Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 524 words
Lexile Measure: 1390L

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Face masks work best to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 when everyone wears one. But experts say it is still worth wearing a mask to protect yourself, even if no one else does.

While public health messaging has tended to emphasize the importance of wearing a mask to protect others, numerous studies have demonstrated that the right mask protects the wearer, too.

"We have collectively done a poor job at communicating the strong efficacy of N95 respirators," according to Lisa Brosseau, a bioaerosol scientist and industrial hygienist at the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

Recent data from the United States shows that people who always wore a face mask in indoor public settings were less likely to test positive for SARS-CoV-2 than those who never wore...

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