A: YES! Wearing a mask reduces the spread of droplets containing the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Blocking these droplets with a mask from shooting out into the world around us reduces transmission from person to person. Masks block a significant amount of these droplets while still allowing gases to pass in and out of the mask. Still not convinced? This fantastic PBS video uses some amazing examples to explain the science behind masks. As with all great videos, this one includes fart jokes and mosquitoes for your viewing pleasure.
Dr. Joe Hanson takes on the internet’s most prevalent mask myths, using science to show how masks prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the long-term impacts of wearing a mask. From toxins to oxygen levels and even farts, It's Okay to be Smart • PBS will cover these myths and what you can do to protect yourself and others from contracting this deadly virus.
Posted by PBS Digital Studios on Monday, July 27, 2020