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This article highlights the evolution of mask-wearing during the COVID19 pandemic, with an emphasis on the importance of mask use in settings associated with a higher baseline risk for transmission.
This is an important article because it addresses plausible arguments or explanations why some may focus on the uncertainty of the evidence for mask-wearing and focus on reasons why it is unnecessary—a balanced perspective that focuses on facts and evidence. However, the article ends by emphasizing that the evidence suggests the relative and absolute benefits of wearing a facemask.
– Morgan Soffler, MD
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
As of July 26, 2020, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has infected more than 16 000 000 individuals worldwide and caused over 600 000 deaths from COVID-19. Despite advances in pharmacological treatment and early vaccine development, reducing transmission of the virus with the use of facemasks (referring to medical or surgical masks, N-95 and similar respirators, cloth masks, and bandannas) by health-care workers and the public alike remains a hotly debated topic due to politicisation of discourse and decision making.