Experts Say Everyone Should Be Wearing Masks to Slow Spread of COVID-19

While many people may be feeling healthy, experts stress that masks are more to protect others than yourself. 

DULUTH, Minn. – As the community continues to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, experts say everyone should be wearing face masks.

While many people may be feeling healthy, experts stress that masks are more to protect others than yourself.

While certain types of masks work in different ways, all of them have breathing air go through a filter that captures the particles in the air, slowing the spread. Experts say the masks should securely fit your face and cover both your mouth and nose.

“If the air is escaping out of the sides and the top and bottom, then it’s not as effective and we want our masks to be as effective as possible. So maybe even more important as how many times has my mask been used or how clean it is, is does it fit my face properly,” associate professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus Sara Zimmer said.

It’s also recommended to wash your mask regularly.

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