A group of concerned parents had children’s face masks independently tested after they’d been worn for a typical school day. The startling results reveal a range of pathogenic bacteria, including 11 strains scientists described as “quite dangerous” Evidence continues to mount that face masks are ineffective at stopping viral transmission. Yet, some have used the rationale that even if they protect against a stray droplet here or there, wearing them is worth it. The idea is that they cause no harm, only a minor inconvenience, so you’re better of wearing one than not. After the last year of media-induced fearmongering and panic, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed said they plan to continue wearing masks in public even after the pandemic officially ends.
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