Real-world facemask performance – harmful or beneficial?

  • Evidence from controlled settings clearly point to face masks providing disease control benefits because they prevent the disease particles entering the air and prevent infected persons from spreading the disease
  • However, in the real-world, the evidence isn’t as sure; some trials either report non-significant results (erring towards more harmful) or outright more harmful
  • This is believed to be a result of using ineffectual or poor-quality masks (e.g. cloth), and people exhibiting risk compensation behaviours (i.e. acting less carefully as they believe the mask will make up for their actions)

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