Because the mask protects you from…you
You get infected with a virus when you touch something with the virus on it, and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Note: the mask is not acting as an effective filter for particles traveling through the air. It simply doesn’t fit tightly enough for that.
It is however acting as a barrier between your hands, and your mouth and nose. If you also avoid touching your eyes, you’ve eliminated the three most common methods of transmission.
In other words, you don’t need to use a plain surgical mask. Go ahead and wear a darth vader helmet if you’re into it. But, whether you’re trying to avoid the common cold or coronavirus, please STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE.
And…as a bonus tip, make sure you wash your hands the way the World Health Organization recommends. Note: it has nothing to do with 20 seconds under hot water.
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