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The Value of Masks

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

07/01/20 – Masks are the most important single weapon currently available to get us all through the coronavirus pandemic.

Although most masks are not especially good at preventing inhalation of coronavirus-laden droplets already in the air, they are pretty good at preventing droplets from getting into the air in the first place.

So – their effectiveness depends on cooperation. In the words of Dr. Atul

Gawande, a Boston surgeon: "You protect me, and I protect you."

Serviceable masks are now available in a bewildering array of types and colors online and as impulse buys at some store checkout counters.

Learn more here:

Dr. Gawande's interview on PBS New Hour 05/18/20:

Dr. Gawande's New Yorker article from 05/13/20:

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