California scientist says facemasks no doubt prevent spread of COVID-19

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SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — Professor Kim Prather says facemasks are a great way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“The masks are everything, they are absolute key,” said Prather, Distinguished Chair of Atmospheric Chemistry at UC San Diego. “Now there are enough masks, people are making them, there’s homemade masks — we’re working like crazy to understand how well masks work, but to say they don’t work is not true.”

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry Kim Prather. Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

Prather says wearing a mask shows respect for other people.

“The mask, what it works really well at, and there’s no question about this, is blocking what comes out of an infected individual so that’s why the masks are so important,” she said. “It will protect you, too, but it’s more important that you are protecting other people.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain in places such as grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses.

And today, Dr. Anthony Fauci, considered America’s leading authority on infectious diseases, warned new cases could reach 100,000 per day if current trends are reversed.

“I think it is important to tell you and the American public that I’m very concerned because it could get very bad,” Dr. Fauci who was asked to testify during a Senate committee hearing in Washington.

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