Apr 24, 2020


Interviewer: At one point, we heard homemade masks don't help protect people against COVID-19. But now it's recommended that we wear them. Dr. Richard Orlandi is from University of Utah Health. What's changed?

Dr. Orlandi: We were thinking of them in terms of I'm going to put a mask on so you don't get me infected. But we're changing the way we're looking at that, and really I'm going to put a mask on so I don't infect you even if I don't have any symptoms, because we now are understanding that people may be able to transmit this virus the day before or a couple of days before they really have that fever, muscle aches, shortness of breath, the coughing type of flu-like symptoms. That's going to help so that when I go to the store, I'm not spreading it to everybody else. Now, if all of us do that, we're keeping one another safe, and that's a great way that we can show our citizenship, our care for one another.

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