Social Media Image About Mask Efficacy Right In Sentiment, But Percentages Are ‘Bonkers’

July 6, 2020 by Mandy Qualls

Filed under COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified July 7, 2020

If you’re active on social media, you have probably seen one version or another of a post concerning the varying degrees of COVID-19 transmission from wearing a mask, not wearing a mask, or some mix thereof. While the percentages vary depending on the image, most claim that the highest transmission probability is around 70% (if a person has COVID-19 and interacts with people without wearing a mask). How accurate are these posts? Kaiser Health News sought to answer that question, and it turns out: Not very accurate at all.

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