All the different types of face masks, and who should wear them during the coronavirus outbreak
- As the novel coronavirus spreads through the US, people have clamored for now sold-out or up-charged masks of all types in an effort to protect themselves.
- Health experts have said over and over that healthy people should not buy masks, since they won’t do much to protect you, and will deplete the supply for people who do need them — like sick patients and healthcare workers.
- Here’s a breakdown of all the different types of face masks, and who should — and shouldn’t — be wearing them.
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Since the coronavirus outbreak began in China late last year, face masks have gone from something you see on your dental hygienist to a sold-out commodity in high demand, despite warnings from high-ranking health officials that the masks could do more harm than good when worn by healthy people.
But certain masks are appropriate for certain people to wear as the novel coronavirus spreads.
According to the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who are sick with COVID-19 and around other people, home caregivers of patients who cannot wear a mask, and healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients can all …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]