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Do face masks really protect you?

SCDHEC answers Chronicle reader's question
A Chronicle reader asked, "If health officials admit my face mask won't protect me from you, does it make sense that your mask will protect me?  
"Doesn't our breath blow both ways?
"If my mask won't protect me, how can I expect your mask to protect me?"
Laura Renwick of the SC Department of Health & Environmental Control responded:
"A mask helps contain small droplets that come out of a person's mouth and/or nose when they talk, sneeze or cough. 
"If you unknowingly have covid-19 (you're asymptomatic), a face mask reduces your chance of spreading the infection to others.
"If you are healthy, a mask may protect you from larger droplets from people around you.
"Everyone who can safely do so should wear a mask in public to protect themselves and others.
"It's equally as important to socially distance by at least 6 feet and avoid group gatherings. 
"Everyone is at risk of getting the virus or unknowingly transmitting it to someone else."\\
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