A 32-year-old male asked:
are all the usual disease outbreaks stoppable by wearing masks and washing hands, or is there one that will get you regardless?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Yash Khanna answered
56 years experience Family Medicine
Gloves, masks&Gowns: Gloves, masks and Gowns and Hand washing are usual isolation techniques but few infectios disease like Ebola you need to cover body and face as well and requires special clothes and equipment to be safe
Answered on Jan 11, 2016
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
43 years experience Pathology
Most of them: Masks are only moderately effective despite their being heavily promoted. While hand washing reduces transmission of bugs in the hospital, it does not stop them. Both are worthless for sexually transmitted, food borne and waterborne diseases.
Answered on Jan 16, 2016
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