Fact-checked by: Science Feedback

2020/11/05 | United States

FALSE: Mask mandates do nothing to stop the spread of COVID-19

Explanation: A growing body of scientific evidence supports the use of face masks to reduce the transmission of viral respiratory infections like COVID-19. However, face masks only confer partial protection and should be combined with other public health measures, such as physical distancing and proper hand hygiene. Due to the use of a wide variety of face masks, more research is needed to assess the efficacy of different types of masks and mask material in various community settings, such as public spaces, schools, or workplaces.

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This false claim originated from: Yinon Weiss, The Federalist

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