COVID-19, Day 18

Masks. Should we wear them? Dunno!

CNN says:

World Health Organization officials Monday said they still recommend people not wear face masks unless they are sick with Covid-19 or caring for someone who is sick.

But then I see things like this:

When historians tally up the many missteps policymakers have made in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the senseless and unscientific push for the general public to avoid wearing masks should be near the top.

That link is loaded with links to other articles and research showing that masks help.

And yet! Folks I’ve spoken to who have consulted with doctors have been told to skip the masks, that they’re good to keep you from touching your face, but their efficacy in preventing spread or infection is negligible.

Then again, there’s a graph floating around showing the infection rate curve for a bunch of nations. Those that turned the corner fastest are circled with the word MASKS scrawled in the bubble. The implication is that masks helped slow the spread in those countries.

I still don’t know what to make of this. It’s confusing because knowledgeable people are refuting each other’s claims over and over, and I’m unsure who to trust.

I’ve also read conflicting information about whether the virus is primarily spread via droplets in the air or from people touching infected surfaces and then touching their faces.

Trying to get a handle on the truth about these things is proving to be exhausting.