CDC Officially Confirms That a Face Mask Protects the Person Wearing It, Too

Published November 12, 2020

An article in Prevention on how face masks protect those wearing them, as well as other people, quotes John A. Sellick Jr., DO, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. “There’s plenty of good data to support this,” says Sellick. That said, wearing a face mask “does not make you superman,” Sellick warns. “It’s never going to provide 100 percent protection. But the more people who are wearing masks to prevent the virus from escaping, the less pressure it puts on everyone else’s mask to filter things.” The story also appeared in other publications.