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Masks may not be answer

DEAR EDITOR:

“We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection.” You may read the entire article citing studies at https://aapsonline.org/mask-facts.

The size of the CoV-2 virus is 0.125 micrometers, smaller than a medical surgical mask’s efficacy, which is 3 microns. Cloth face coverings have zero efficacy against small particles.

Not only are these masks not effective, but they may cause harm. If you read the article, you will see why masks are not recommended for the general public and in public places. Improper wearing and handling of masks poses a risk. Moisture retention, poor ventilation and reuse of masks can increase infection risk. The CoV-2 and other germs may be on the surface of the mask. Self contamination from the mask is a real risk.

Masks offer a false sense of security and divert the focus away from the most effective way for us to protect ourselves and others- proper hand hygiene. Also, “dilution is the solution,” meaning open windows and doors to dilute the virus which is spread through droplets.

Avoid crowds. It is important to read the medical studies and facts to determine how to best protect yourself and others.

LORETTA MORELL

Poland

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