[Clinical Infectious Diseases] Importance of face masks for COVID-19 – a call for effective public education

Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2 July 2020

Ricky V Tso, Benjamin J Cowling

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  • Considerable debates about the general community use of face masks for protection against COVID-19 stemmed out from differing views taken by health authorities.
  • Misconceptions and stigmatization towards the use of face masks may hinder the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Suggest promoting effective behavioral changes in personal protective measures by teaching microbiological knowledge instead of just listing out the “dos- and-don’ts”.

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