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Do masks work in stopping the spread of disease?

Posted at 10:19 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 23:19:15-05

As cases of the coronavirus keep rising around the world, so does the demand for surgical masks.

However, experts say they're not that effective in keeping germs out.

The masks are designed to keep surgeons from sharing their germs with patients, and for most people, they don't fit very snuggly, so germs could still find a way in.

Experts say your best defense is still washing your hands often and thoroughly.

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