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Masks Help, but We May Never Know How Much – WIRED

The impact of face coverings is not just unknown, it’s unknowable. Still, uncertainty should be no impediment to action.



On Wednesday, one of the worlds most prestigious medical journals published what many took to be a disheartening result: According to some headlines, a 6,000-person randomized controlled trial in Denmark had found that wearing a mask does not offer any clear protection from being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This follows months of heated debate, and the assertion in October from White House Coronavirus Task Force member Scott Atlas that, in light of considerable uncertainty in the research…

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