Oct 12, 2020 4:15 PM

Author: University of Utah Health Communications

Masking Facts

Experts from University of Utah Health and other medical institutions around the world agree that wearing a mask is one of the most powerful measures we can take to protect ourselves and slow the spread of COVID-19. In the video below, we dive into the science behind masking and answer common questions about how masks work and how they keep us safe.


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