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Posted by Facts on 2/5/2020, 10:36 pm, in reply to "Re: TMEA
Can wearing a medical face mask protect you against the new coronavirus? It's a question many people, including pet owners who are putting canine face masks on their dogs, are asking.
If it's a regular surgical face mask, the answer is "no," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, told Live Science.
A more specialized mask, known as an N95 respirator, can protect against the new coronavirus, also called 2019-nCoV. The respirator is thicker than a surgical mask, but Schaffner doesn't recommend it for public use, at least not at this point.
prevent the spread of misinformation first... Coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets - it is not airborne.
Wear your mask if it makes you feel better, but someone sneezes in your eyeball, you’re screwed.
Ditto all the above, but just a shirt science lesson. Viruses are small and wearing a mask will mot prevent you from catching an airborne virus.
Go ahead. The regular old flu will kill 500, 000 people this year alone, coronavirus, less than 1000, but sure, let's all live in fear.
Should we wear face masks at TMEA this year to avoid contagions?