Do Masks Increase Risk of Transmission?

Disembarking an airport wearing masks

The use of face coverings by the general public to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has become the most visible sign of the coronavirus pandemic, constantly reminding us that things are not normal. The idea behind the use of face coverings is that because a large number of COVID-19 sufferers (the majority?) have mild to no symptoms, wearing a face covering will prevent these individuals from inadvertently infecting others.

There was also a lot of boilerplate about the brilliance of the private sector and small businesses, but as Dan Hodges said on Twitter: “Has there ever been a PM’s speech where the rhetoric – small state, libertarian, entrepreneurial – has been so divorced from the reality of the policies he’s actually implementing?”


First published on on August 27, 2020.