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Can Face Masks Prevent The Spread Of Coronavirus?

People in disposable face masks have become a defining image of the coronavirus outbreak. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)
People in disposable face masks have become a defining image of the coronavirus outbreak. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

In the days since the coronavirus outbreak started in China, people in disposable face masks have become a defining image of the outbreak. Some areas have reported shortages as people rush to protect themselves from the virus.

Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley speaks with Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, about whether face masks make a difference.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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