Does One-way Masking Provide Protection from COVID-19?

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State mask mandates have been lifted allowing people to go about their lives mask-free. However, the coronavirus has not gone away. This has many people wondering if wearing a mask will provide protection from COVID-19.

HuffPost looked into this and found that experts agree one-way masking is better than nothing at all. Think about it, health care workers have always worn masks to protect themselves when caring for sick patients. That shows that masks do help protect the person wearing them, so go ahead and continue to wear your mask to help prevent exposure to COVID-19.

The experts pointed out that the type of mask you wear is important, probably more so now that many people are not wearing masks. The best type is a well-fitting, high-quality medical mask like a N95, KN95 or KF94. A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control found that a N95 mask can filter out about 95 percent of particles in the air.

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