Do Face Masks Offer Protection From the New Coronavirus? Center

In 2019, a new coronavirus strain named COVID-19 (or 2019-nCoV) began causing severe respiratory illness and sometimes fatal pneumonia throughout the world. This new coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China. The new coronavirus spreads rapidly via the inhalation of respiratory droplets from infected people. Face masks cannot prevent airborne virus protection, they're difficult to wear for long stretches of time, and you must dispose of the mask after touching it. Read more: Do Face Masks Offer Protection From the New Coronavirus? Article

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