A Bit More on the Mask Question

Coronavirus Emergency: Different types of respiratory mask FFP1, FFP2, N95, FFP3 In the photo mask FFP2, N95 with air filtering valve. (Photo by: Pierre Teyssot/AGF/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
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June 10, 2020 2:42 p.m.

Let me add a few more points on the masking question. This continues to be a highly contentious debate. For some background, here’s what I wrote about this on May 21st.

Back on the 21st, I shared an article by scientists at CIDRAP in Minnesota. It was dated April 1st, so very early in the epidemic. But it was very skeptical of any directives for the general public to wear masks. The Director of CIDRAP, Michael Osterholm, is a highly respected infectious disease expert and he remains highly skeptical of masking. A number of readers forwarded me a link to his latest podcast which he devotes entirely to this issue. If you’re interested in this topic, I recommend it. Because it’s the best statement of this view. You can read a transcript here.

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