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New Research Shows How Face Masks Can Stop Second and Third Coronavirus Waves



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A study published Wednesday by scientists in the U.K. finds that widespread adoption of face masks, in addition to lockdowns, could prevent further waves of the coronavirus and allow for less strict lockdown measures.
The researchers, who hail from Cambridge University and Greenwich University, argue that lockdowns alone are not sufficient to prevent second and third waves of infection, but if “combined with 100% adoption of face mask use by the public,” infection rates can be flattened and subsequent waves can be prevented.
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