How much protection does wearing a face mask offer you? Looking at pictures from some hard-hit areas, you might get under the impression that they are vital, but in reality, unless you are sick or caring for a person that is at risk if exposed, they don’t serve much of a purpose. COVID-19 is not an airborne virus, so you are not going to walk into a cloud of contamination and breathe it in. Instead, it is spread by touching contaminated matter and then touching your eyes or nose. Wearing a face mask you might actually feel more secure than you should, and by constantly touching the mask to adjust it, you expose yourself.

Instead of taking masks away from the medical professionals that need them, you should practice social distancing and thorough hand washing. Being careful is going to protect you much better than a face mask ever could.

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