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Old 05-28-2020, 09:54 AM
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Default The face-masks for covid info thread

A poster recently asked a bunch of questions about masks. I found it a little tiresome because it was mostly stuff we'd discussed before, but of course, it was new to HIM. And while that discussion was good, it's now buried in a thread about other stuff. So I'm creating this thread for discussion about the efficacy of masks, so other posters can find info if they want it.

I'm going to try to be careful in distinguishing when a mask provides useful protection for the wearer and when it provides protection from the wearer, and use "for" and "from" as shorthand.

"For" means wearing a certain type of mask reduces the wearer's risk of getting infected. "From" means that if the wearer is sick, or is pre-symptomatic (or asymptomatic) the mask reduces the risk that others will catch covid or other illnesses from the wearer.
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