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Trump Jr. spreads anti-mask meme on Facebook

July 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump has finally started to encourage people to wear masks, even while not wearing one himself. Meanwhile, his son Donald Trump Jr. is actively spreading doubt about the effectiveness of masks against the coronavirus.

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has finally started to encourage people to wear masks, even while not wearing one himself.

Meanwhile, his son Donald Trump Jr. is actively spreading doubt about the effectiveness of masks against the coronavirus.

On Facebook, Trump Jr. posted an image of a lab where scientists were working in certain hazmat suits known as positive pressure suits.

In posting the image, Trump Jr. wrote, "Solid point. " The post has received more than 40,000 shares and over 69,000 reactions on Facebook.

Facts First: It is false, and dangerous, to suggest that masks and face coverings don't help prevent the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus, which has killed more than 517,000 people since China reported its first cases to the World Health Organization in December.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes, the coronavirus spreads "Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks" and "These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. "

The primary reason for wearing a face mask is to prevent personal droplets from spreading to others.

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University, in a study published in the journal Physics of Fluids on Tuesday, found that bandanas reduced the average distance that coughs traveled from 8 feet to 3. 6 feet.

Pointing to a 2017 picture of researchers wearing positive pressure suits while studying various viruses in no way disproves or casts doubt on how masks and face coverings can help the average person prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

by summa-bot

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