Four Potential Consequences of Wearing Face Masks We Need to Be Wary Of

Four Potential Consequences of Wearing Face Masks We Need to Be Wary Of

Opinion | If healthcare workers wear surgical masks, there is good evidence that it limits the spread of respiratory viral infections in hospitals. But there is no clear evidence that surgical masks protect members of the public from getting or passing on these sorts of infections—most likely because of incorrect use. For cloth masks worn by the […]

Dangers of Wearing Masks in the Heat and Humidity

You add heat, humidity, probably months of more physical inactivity than usual because of social isolation and distancing, and now you mask up, it’s certainly going to make it a lot more difficult to breathe, which can lead to further respiratory complications. You also have a better chance of overheating when you’re wearing a mask […]

Face Masks to Prevent COVID-19: Conflicting Facts & Advice

Face Masks to Prevent COVID-19: Conflicting Facts & Advice

In a media briefing on Mar. 30, 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) officials confirmed that facial masks for the prevention of COVID-19 should be worn by those who are sick or in close contact with those infected, and are not recommended for healthy members of the general population.1 A day later, U.S. Vice President Mike […]