Face coverings have become a flashpoint in the US, particularly now as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Texas, Florida, and Arizona, among other states.
Misinformation and mixed signals about masking have spread almost as quickly as the virus. And political debates pitting civil liberties vs. civic responsibilities have drowned out the growing body of evidence that shows wearing masks significantly reduce infection risk.
Sonja Bartolome is a specialist in lung disorders and pulmonary disease, treating respiratory infections every day and has seen firsthand the aggressive nature in which they can spread. She lists the most common myths surrounding masks and separate them from the medical and scientific realities of the current situation.