Should We Wear Masks or Not? An Expert Sorts Through the Confusion

Article Link: https://www.snopes.com/news/2020/04/02/should-we-wear-masks-or-not-an-expert-sorts-through-the-confusion/

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

As a professor at Boston University’s School of Medicine and a geriatrician at Boston Medical Center caring for the most vulnerable in this pandemic, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about COVID-19. It turns out there is good science out there that helps us know what masks we need to wear and when to wear them. That being said, some of the following advice could change as scientists learn more about why some people get a bad or even lethal case of this virus while many more get through it OK. One of the areas of greatest confusion seems to be about masks. Much of the decision about wearing masks depends on what the essential businesses that remain open are doing to ensure social distancing and therefore, our safety.