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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.

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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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