A recent All Things Considered episode dove into the details.
Aired June 17, 2020
Wearing a face mask is no fun for many people. However, the latest research shows that, especially as states open up, masks are an important tool in helping to control the spread of the virus.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
A lot of people are asking the question we are about to tackle in this next story - is all this mask-wearing really helping to curb the spread of coronavirus? NPR's Maria Godoy set out to answer that question.
MARIA GODOY, BYLINE: So states are opening up. And more and more, we're seeing people out and about without masks on. But folks, there is still a pandemic out there. And every expert I've spoken with says masks can help.
JEFFREY SHAMAN: It's very powerful as a tool to control the virus.