How effective are cloth masks against coronavirus?

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Reactions Science Videos | April 20, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that the general public wear cloth face masks to help decrease everyone’s chances of getting COVID-19. So how does the new coronavirus spread? And can a cloth face mask help stop it? We contacted some experts to find out and to learn which materials work best if you’re making your own.

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