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Cleveland Clinic doctor debunks 5 myths about use of cloth face masks

More cities and counties are enacting ordinances to require masks. While many people are...
More cities and counties are enacting ordinances to require masks. While many people are applauding the decision, others are saying it goes against their Constitutional rights.(Live 5 News)
Updated: Jul. 2, 2020 at 12:46 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A doctor from the Cleveland Clinic dispelled five common rumors surrounding the use of cloth face masks to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Cloth masks may not prevent the wearer from inhaling particles that carry the coronavirus, according to the Cleveland Clinic, but they do help in preventing the individual wearing the face covering from spreading infections, especially if they are asymptomatic.

According to Dr. Aaron Hamilton, of the Cleveland Clinic:

  • Myth #1: Wearing a cloth mask is no use.
  • Myth #2: If I’m not sick, I don’t need to wear a mask.
  • Myth #3: If I wear a mask, I don’t need to social distance or stay home.
  • Myth #4: My mask just needs to cover my mouth.
  • Myth #5: Wearing a mask will make me sick.

Wearing face masks in public is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and required in several states and cities, including Dayton.

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