Scientists Failed to Use Common Sense Early in the Pandemic

Scientists Failed to Use Common Sense Early in the Pandemic

It is also why in many parts of Asia, people routinely wear masks in public. So it stands to reason that, when in public, most people should wear masks. In particular, why did the WHO say in April not to wear masks? At the time, no direct evidence existed regarding community spread of this particular virus, and most previous studies were done in clinical settings. One epidemiologist offered some common sense: “Randomized trials don't support a big effect of face masks, but there is the mechanistic plausibility for face masks to work....

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