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What benefit does a surgical mask have over simply using a handkerchief or shirt to cover ones face ?
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Some
A surgical mask has a few benefits.
While it has not quite caught on here, in some places, such as japan, it is considered polite to wear a mask when you have a cold and prevents any incidental spittle, dry coughs, etc. From spreading infection. The mask is guaranteed to be clean and stay over face without using the hands. A hankerchief may need a hand to hold in in place, further spreading germs.

In brief: Some
A surgical mask has a few benefits.
While it has not quite caught on here, in some places, such as japan, it is considered polite to wear a mask when you have a cold and prevents any incidental spittle, dry coughs, etc. From spreading infection. The mask is guaranteed to be clean and stay over face without using the hands. A hankerchief may need a hand to hold in in place, further spreading germs.
Dr. Michael Klein
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology
In brief: Rated
Each type of mask is a filter rated to certain size of the airborne particles.
Handkerchief is helpful but with very limited capacity for small particles.

In brief: Rated
Each type of mask is a filter rated to certain size of the airborne particles.
Handkerchief is helpful but with very limited capacity for small particles.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Dr. Boris Aronzon
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