Face masks aren’t a very effective way to prevent the spread of coronavirus, experts say, despite spiking sales

Of the many preventative measures you can take to protect yourself from the growing Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, wearing a face mask is one of the most visible. But health experts aren’t convinced it’ll help much.

“There’s little harm in it,” Eric Toner, a scientist at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said of donning a mask. “But it’s not likely to be very effective in preventing it.”


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