My parents are confused and worried, and I can’t blame them. Every article they read and every TV segment they watch about the novel coronavirus outbreak is dominated by pictures of people in masks. Hundreds of people at a time, all in masks. But then the surgeon general says to stop buying masks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says healthy people shouldn’t wear masks, and even former President Barack Obama says to leave the masks to the health care professionals. What gives?Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) February 29, 2020 To understand what’s going on, you need to understand first how you get infected with the new coronavirus. The virus spreads when infected people cough or sneeze, releasing tiny droplets of saliva into the air. These droplets contain virus particles, which then spread through the environment. You get it when it gets into your eyes, your nose or your mouth. So it seems pretty obvious that a mask should stop those saliva droplets

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