Face masks do not lead to false sense of security, study shows

Updated: July 27, 2020 05:31 PM
Created: July 27, 2020 01:48 PM

(NBC News) — New research suggests wearing a mask to reduce the spread of coronavirus does not instill a false sense of security or lead people to forget about other good hygiene behaviors.

Early in the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned face coverings could lead people to let their guard down.


However, a new review of six studies involving 2,000 households published in BMJ Analysis found this was not true.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and King's College London in the UK found that wearing masks did not reduce the frequency of hand-washing or sanitizing, and people tended to move away from those wearing a mask to maintain social distancing.

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