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Medium: COVID-19: WHY WE SHOULD ALL WEAR MASKS — THERE IS NEW SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE

There is no scientific support for the statement that masks worn by non-professionals are “not effective”. In contrary, in view of the stated goal to “flatten the curve”, any additional, however partial reduction of transmission would be welcome — even that afforded by the simple surgical masks or home-made (DIY) masks (which would not exacerbate …

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The Lancet: Mass masking in the COVID-19 epidemic: people need guidance

“WHO recommends against wearing masks in community settings because of lack of evidence. However, absence of evidence of effectiveness should not be equated to evidence of ineffectiveness, especially when facing a novel situation with limited alternative options. It has long been recommended that for respiratory infections like influenza, affected patients should wear masks to limit …

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The Boston Globe: Guidance against wearing masks for the coronavirus is wrong – you should cover your face

“Masks work. There is widespread evidence from the field of occupational health, the SARS epidemic, and other outbreaks that wearing masks protects us from germs and interrupts the transmission of disease from sick to healthy people…handwashing, social distancing, and doing your best not to touch your face are not enough to stop the coronavirus. For …

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Inkstone: Coronavirus: health researchers urge global authorities to consider broadening use of face masks.

As the spread of the virus accelerates outside East Asia, some experts have called on global health authorities to rethink the role of masking. In an article published in the medical journal Lancet, a group of health researchers argued that the coronavirus has “defied conventional containment strategy” because patients at the early stages of infection …

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