Does Wearing A Mask Keep You From Getting Sick? : Short Wave A new paper and growing observational evidence suggest that a mask could protect you from developing a serious case of COVID-19 — by cutting down on the amount of virus that takes root in your body.

Katherine Wu reported on that evidence for the New York Times.

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Wearing A Mask Could Be Even More Important Than We Thought

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Wearing A Mask Could Be Even More Important Than We Thought

Wearing A Mask Could Be Even More Important Than We Thought

Wearing A Mask Could Be Even More Important Than We Thought

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A woman carrying her mask walks past a sign mandating the wearing of face coverings in Palisades Park in Santa Monica on July 25. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A woman carrying her mask walks past a sign mandating the wearing of face coverings in Palisades Park in Santa Monica on July 25.

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A new paper and growing observational evidence suggest that a mask could protect you from developing a serious case of COVID-19 — by cutting down on the amount of virus that takes root in your body.

Katherine Wu reported on that evidence for the New York Times.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, edited by Deb George, and fact-checked by Abby Wendle.