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Follow the World Health Organization's instructions to reduce your risk of infection:

1/ Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

2/ When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw issue away immediately and wash hands.

3/ Avoid close contact with anyone that has fever and cough.

Derek Thompson+ Your Authors @DKThomp Writer at @TheAtlantic. Host of podcast CRAZY/GENIUS. Author of book HIT MAKERS. Talker on NPR's @hereandnow and @CBSNews. derek[at]theatlantic[dot]com Jun. 12, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

New study: "The difference with and without mandated face covering represents the determinant in shaping the trends of the pandemic worldwide." 

More: "Wearing of face masks in public corresponds to most effective means to prevent interhuman transmission"

It's just one study. The science on COVID-19 is coming fast and furious, and that means we need to be prepared for the possibility that one month's truth is the next month's busted myth.

That said: My god, the WHO and CDC coming out against masks in March looks catastrophic.

Full quote, excerpted above:

"This inexpensive practice, in conjunction with extensive testing, quarantine, and contact tracking, poses the most probable fighting opportunity to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, prior to the development of a vaccine."

What I still don't get:

So many East Asian communities had already defaulted to mask-wearing in places where they'd experienced and bested SARS-1 and MERS.

Why explicitly condemn a popular and ostensibly useful practice among populations that experienced similar outbreaks?

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