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The Time for Universal Masking of the Public for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Is Now.

  • Author(s): Gandhi, Monica;
  • Havlir, Diane
  • et al.
Abstract

In this perspective, we recommend universal masking of the US public during coronavirus disease 2019 due to the high contagiousness of severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), viral shedding of viable SARS-CoV-2 from asymptomatic individuals, and the likely contribution of masking to core distancing public health strategies for curbing transmission.

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