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Here's What These Public Health Experts Had To Say About 6 FAQs On The Coronavirus

Here’s What These Public Health Experts Had To Say About 6 FAQs On The Coronavirus

The N95 masks can block up to 95% of the airborne particles, but considering the current risk of exposure in the US and the high demand for these masks, Sorrell said health care workers should have priority to use them.

“It’s important that those masks go to the workforce that will be responding to potential cases,” she said.

Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security who works on emerging infectious disease and pandemic preparedness, told BuzzFeed News that face masks are most effective in health care settings because those officials are in closest contact with patients, and they’re trained to wear them properly.

Health care providers often wear face masks because those face masks can block some of those large droplets … from your sneezes and coughs, from hitting your mouth,” he said.

The general public, he added, “often don’t use them properly — stick their fingers underneath them, don’t include their nose in the mask, and don’t wear them meticulously.”

Sorrell also pointed out that the N95 mask “has to sit close to your face in order to [work as intended].”

“So a lot of times people purchase them, they don’t fit correctly, and there’s a false sense of security on the effectiveness of the mask,” she said.

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