Coronavirus: Another reason for that mask: You’ll get less sick

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The much-publicized rationale behind wearing a face mask is to protect others from your sprayed droplets.There’s now another good reason: That mask may help you, too.If you’re accidentally infected through the mask, the face coverings can still reduce your risk of falling seriously ill from COVID-19, according to a theory proposed by Dr. Monica Gandhi and Dr. George Rutherford, infectious disease specialists at UC San Francisco.”Masks cut down the amount of viral particles flying around – so if you’re infected, you’ll get a lower dose and less severe symptoms,” said Rutherford. Their paper is published in Tuesday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.It’s a provocative thought during this time of mask fatigue, as summer heat sends rivulets of sweat down our fabric-covered faces.Studies show that masks may not filter out all droplets – a mask’s filtering capacity is determined by its type – and it’s still possible for the virus to sneak through, but at a lower dose than for someone not wearing a mask at all.This reduced exposure may influence how sick you get, because the immune system can quell a small number of viral particles before they multiply.Descriptions of a “dose-mortality curve” – …

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