Will wearing a face mask protect you from COVID-19? It’s complicated. Here are the 5 biggest mask myths

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Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a lot of confusion regarding face masks.

“At first, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the general public not to wear masks if they aren’t experiencing coronavirus symptoms or caring for someone with coronavirus. Then the agency reversed its guidance in early April and advised Americans to wear non-N-95 masks or face cloth covering in places where it is difficult to social distance.”

“Following the CDC’s announcement, several states including New York adapted mandatory mask mandates. One study estimated that states that issued mandates between April and mid-May averted as many as 230,000 coronavirus cases.”

“Others left it up to cities or counties to issue mandates. But amid a resurgence of coronavirus, states like California and Texas issued state mandates in late June and early July, respectively.” –MarketWatch

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