Do masks really work?

Someone Who is Not an Expert
5 min readDec 22, 2020


by Someone Who is Not an Expert

December 21st at 11:58 PM

While some opinion-based evidence shows that masks are annoying and no fun at all to wear, more recent evidence suggests that the wearing of masks may be more effective in preventing the coronavirus than other such horrific practices as eating raw garlic, exposing yourself to UV radiation, and vaping. (1)

According to a study by Cornell University, masks have the potential to “substantially decrease” the spread of “viral particles” (2).These viral particles, when allowed to accumulate, then turn into a very heavy “viral load”, which then turns into COVID-19 and from that point on becomes extremely dangerous.

This is why experts recommend that people wash their hands often, avoid all non-virtual social contact, and, most importantly, wear a mask in public.

What is a mask

A mask is a covering for all or part of the face, worn as a disguise, or to amuse and terrify other people, although in this case it would be used to terrify and amuse the coronavirus, or COVID-19 (3).

Jim and Agnes, two average citizens, set out from their homes in rural Minnesota to buy food from the grocery store. Photo taken on July 15th 2020.

Types of Masks

Types of masks include a basic cloth face mask, a full length face shield, and a filtering face piece respirator.

Of course, if you do not have access to any of these, you can also use an empty Chipotle bag, a sheet draped over your head with holes cut out for the eyes, part of a rug, goggles, a turtleneck sweater, or a banana.

Click here to learn how to construct a mask out of a banana.

It is also relevant to note that “masks made out of gold and silk provide highly protective protection,” says mask- expert Isabella Newheart. “And masks made out of diamonds are even more effective, since diamonds are some of the sparkliest, most impenetrable materials in the world.”

How to Wear a Mask

Depending on the kind of mask you have — the most effective mask being a full length face shield made of sweat-proof…



Someone Who is Not an Expert

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