08.26.2020

'Half-mask' warning: Study finds uncovered nose may heighten infection risk

'Half-mask' warning: Study finds uncovered nose may heighten infection risk

Masks have become part of the new normal these days due to the coronavirus pandemic, but people still seem to be wearing them incorrectly, sometimes without covering the nose.

And although public officials like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have warned that covering your nose with a mask is just as important as your mouth, the message still hasn’t completely stuck.

“I think there’s multiple reasons why we’re seeing a lot of people’s nose exposed,” said Dr. Todd Ellerin, a Massachusetts-based infectious disease specialist and ABC News medical contributor. “One of the reasons maybe that it’s more comfortable when you’re wearing a mask for a longer period of time. It can be more difficult to breathe than when you have the nose exposed.”

Now a new study is revealing that covering your nose may be just as important as covering your mouth when it comes to protecting yourself from the novel coronavirus.

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