Early Guidance Dies Hard

Although face masks have been proven to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a letter from a purported “OSHA Inspector” that brands masks as ineffective recently spread like wildfire on social media.
 
Another theory that “masks make you sick” has made the rounds in prominent conservative groups and on social media.
 
While theories like these have been widely debunked, they reflect the uncertainty about masks’ effectiveness early the pandemic that has been hard to shake. “Online misinformation is like an ocean liner: Once it’s headed in one direction, it’s difficult to turn around,” writes Olga Khazan.
 
The Atlantic

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