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: