Frank Bures: Masks reduce rate, severity of COVID-19
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A very clear, readable article about the effectiveness of masks lessening the frequency and severity of COVID-19 infections was written by Dr. Monica Gandhi, infectious disease specialist and faculty member
Dr. Gandhi points out two real-life instances to illustrate masks' value. One was on a now legendary Australian cruise ship with an outbreak where all passengers and staff were issued N-95 masks.

All were tested once on shore. The asymptomatic rate was 81%, compared to 20% on other unmasked cruises.

More evidence for masks' benefits comes from a seafood processing plant in Oregon and a chicken processing plant in Arkansas. In both places, workers were provided masks and required to wear them at all…
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