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How well do masks work?

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Wearing a mask is a cheap and easy way to help stop the spread of airborne infections like COVID-19. It’s also a sign that you want to help protect other people and have them protect you… that we’re all in this together. It’s Okay To Be Smart shares a slow-motion imaging experiment to demonstrate why masks work.

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