With another confirmed case of the coronavirus announced in Toronto, you might see a lot of people wearing surgical masks to help keep them safe. So does it work?

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The simple answer is No...According to livescience.com, a surgical mask is not intended to prevent the spread of viruses.

If it's a regular surgical face mask, the answer is "no," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, told Live Science.


Those masks don't help much in the context of a virus, Schaffner said. "They're not designed to keep out viral particles, and they're not nearly as tightly fitted around your nose and cheeks,"

The best way to avoid catching the flu or coronavirus is to stay away for people who are affected by the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also says the best way to stay healthy is to thoroughly wash your hands and disinfect items and surfaces that are touched frequently.
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