Should everyone be wearing face masks? It’s complicated

Paul P Glasziou, Chris B Del Mar

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Should members of the public be wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s a controversial question, with different countries and authorities giving different advice.

We have reviewed the results of more than a dozen randomised trials of facemasks and transmission of respiratory illnesses. We found the current best evidence suggests wearing a mask to avoid viral respiratory infections such as COVID-19 offers minimal protection, if any.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2020


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