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7 myths about face masks you shouldn't believe

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Even if you aren't sick, you should still be wearing a face mask.

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Across the US, many states have mandated that face masks be worn in public or in areas where social distancing isn't possible in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even President Donald Trump, who has long declined to wear one, tweeted a photo of himself with a face mask on, calling mask wearing a "patriotic act." And on July 10, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Robert Kaplan, said mask wearing will help the economy rebound faster.

Though there's still much about the coronavirus that's unknown, misinformation about face coverings is circulating. CNET's Science Editor, Jackson Ryan, who holds a Ph.D. in Medical Clinical Sciences, called antivaccine conspiracies "dangerous and ill-informed." 

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For example, some people who are opposed to mask wearing have begun donning mesh masks that "cover" their nose and mouth but still allow through the kinds of droplets known to transmit the virus. And others believe they don't need to wear a mask if they're not experiencing symptoms -- that's a myth that isn't supported by leading health experts, doctors, scientists or national and international recommendations.

Here are seven myths about wearing face masks during the pandemic. This story updates frequently with new information and draws recommendations from the CDC, the World Health Organization and other health care institutions. It's intended for informational purposes and isn't medical advice. If you think you have the coronavirus, follow these steps.

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