You may recall that in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials cautioned healthy Americans against wearing face masks. And considering how much damage to vulnerable citizens and health care workers can be done by rampant panic-buying of such supplies, it's not difficult to understand where this warning came from.
That said, The Washington Post reported that the White House and the Centers For Disease Control Are now likely to reverse this messaging and encourage the wearing of face masks whenever we have to appear in public.
But while the most effective masks available, the N95 masks, are still sorely needed by health care workers, studies from 2010 and 2013 suggested that even DIY face masks could reduce cases of respiratory infection.
But while even bandanas may provide at least some protection, a mask-testing firm in California and a scientist who designed a key component of N95 masks have a much more specific recommendation.
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