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Should masks be worn by the public to stop the coronavirus? Show more Show less
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Wearing masks has become a contentious issue in the United States at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. From concerns of personal freedom, to skepticism over their effectiveness, to worries of government control. The mask seem to prove effective in other cultures. All of this leaves us with the question... should masks be worn by the public to stop the coronavirus?

No, facemasks do not need to be worn by the public Show more Show less

There are issues with facemasks that make them a poor response to the coronovirus pandemic.
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Facemasks lead to a false sense of security

Facemasks make people feel protected meaning they are less likely to maintain social distancing
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The Argument

Wearing a mask while outdoors is not completely necessary. If you are outdoors, wear a mask if it is difficult to maintain the 6-foot social distancing rule from other people (such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy or walking on a busy street or in a crowded neighborhood), or if it is required to by law. But you do not need to wear a mask if you’re in your backyard or on personal property and it is very unlikely that you’ll end up within 6 feet of someone you don't know. Another small couple of examples are if you are in any other secluded location where the likelihood of running into someone else is very low, or if you are eating and/or drinking outdoors.

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Wearing a mask outside is still very essential for people's health, especially in public places. The science around masks themselves hasn't changed at all. It is the situation that has changed, and as a result, authorities are issuing much needed updated guidelines. We're in the middle of a fast-moving pandemic, and the state of the world is far different than last year. The scientific community, health agencies and healthcare providers are continuously reviewing all available data and making real-time recommendations as the situation evolves more and more. Given that there is now a high prevalence of COVID-19 in the wider community and the understanding that individuals with COVID-19 may be contagious even if they are not showing any symptoms, it now makes sense for all individuals to be wearing a face covering to help prevent the spread of droplets that might be infectious.

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