Should we all be wearing masks? It’s the question on everyone’s mind amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected at least 337,900 people in the United States as of Monday
What masks can and can’t do for the public
COVID-19 is believed to spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or from coming into contact with an infected surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
There’s some evidence that COVID-19 may also be transmitted through much smaller airborne droplets in “very specific circumstances and settings,” such as “aerosolizing” medical procedures that cause the person cough or spit, such as suctioning or intubation, according to the WHO.