Most people understandably feel uncertain about the unseen but very real danger posed by the coronavirus pandemic. But we don’t have to resign ourselves to just hope it goes away. Wearing a face mask is one of the most effective measures that can be taken— along with keeping our hands clean and maintaining social distance— to stop coronavirus spread in our communities, says Andrew Pekosz, PhD, professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
“These things together provide a high degree of protection,” he notes. If you’re not yet on board with masks (and 65 percent of us are, according to a recent survey made by the Pew Research Center), the following details will convince you. It’s a matter of science, not opinion.