Asked and answered: What readers want to know about coronavirus
The novel coronavirus is changing how we live our lives, and our readers have questions. The Washington Post has catalogued and organized 12,753 questions about the pandemic and provided a guide to help you find the answers. Many of the questions fall into common themes, and this guide provides links to reporting that holds the answers to those frequently referenced topic areas. This guide is updated twice a day and reordered with the most frequently asked-about subject areas, from how covid-19, the disease the virus causes, affects individuals to the broad impact on society as we know it.
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“Which is more protective: a face mask or a face shield?”
—Ann from California
If you only wear a face shield, you are allowing unfiltered air to flow in and escape from the large gaps between the edges of the shield and your face, says Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine and an infectious-disease expert. Face shields, she notes, should be worn in addition to a mask in the event that another layer of protection is needed or wanted.
“I actually do not recommend people run around with both,” she says. “I’m very comfortable with the powerful effect of the facial mask. But if you are doing a close procedure or if you are very high-risk and really just want to minimize any questions, you can wear face shield.”
—Allyson Chiu, Washington Post reporter
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Note: a lot of the advice or answers to questions can be derived from simply considering matters in the context of the points of epidemiologists and scientists. Using the example of the answer at the left, it is obvious that air would pass over and around a face shield. Such a protection is ordinarily worn by medical personnel who face the possibility of a patient sneezing or coughing in their face or the infected air coming from someone as they are intubated. You can do anything you want. You can wrap yourself in PPE before venturing out of your front door. Does it make sense? No, except if that is what you prefer, no one will stop you.
Doug Terry, editor, ESN News