Fact check: CDC report doesn't show mask-wearers are more likely to contract COVID-19

Claim: Mask wearers are more likely to get COVID-19 from the CDC study.

For about six months, the Outbreak Control and Prevention Centers have advised that Americans wear face masks in public areas to fight against the transmission of COVID-19.

However, certain internet consumers also challenge the quality of their ears.

Facebook articles, for example, are used to show that maskings improve the vulnerability of contract COVID-19 with a map of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Reports.

One data point is illustrated that 70,6 percent of patients with positive COVID-19 recorded "still" masks.

"This proof indicates that masks potentially help infect the wearers," reads a message.

Another post states that the results show that "people wearing masks simply 'catch' the virus in their masks. In the Masks are the airborne particles consumed which are not dissipated."

The users behind posts — both shared thousands of times — did not answer a US TODAY request for comment.

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The illustration in the articles is legitimate and stems from the CDC weekly Survey on Morbidity and Mortality on 11 September.

However, both the illustration and article endorse a somewhat different inference from the Facebook messages.

In the study, 315 symptomatic adults obtaining positive and negative test results SARS-CoV-2 were examined from 1-29 July.

The chart identified 154 of these 314 patients as "case patients" and another 160 as "control patients" for negative tests.

As the post says, it is accurate that 70.6% of "casual patients" are always masks.

However, an still greater proportion of "monitor patients," who did not catch the virus, who apparently still wear masks, at 74,2%, indicates that their wear of their masks may have managed to avoid the virus.

Another cause is that the majority of study participants – 226 out of 314 or 72 percent – reported "always" wearing masks.

It is difficult to detect its effect by their widespread use.

On the flip side, just eleven patients recorded being disguised "never."

There was therefore a guaranteed small percentage of people who tested positive and never wore masks — 3.9 percent, compared to 3.1 percent of people who did.

This photograph taken on 24 April 2020 shows the Headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta , Georgia.

Near relations, civic events

The study indicated an important risk factor in near interaction with persons with identified COVID-19.

In "positive study," over 40% of "event patients" had direct interaction with an infectious person, relative to just 14% of "monitor patients."

In light of that figure, it advised that anyone similar to infectious individuals, such as "wearing gloves and wearing goggles," take "additional preventive steps" to avoid transmission.

The report also showed that participating in public activities that prevent the use of masks — such as food and drink — is a risk factor which also supports the importance of masks.

"The exposure and behaviors where masking, including traveling to areas where food and beverages are served on site, can be significant risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 infection," she says.

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In the study there is no proof of masks accumulating virus particles or increasing the risk of patients transmitting COVID-19.

Wesley Self, one of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 's leading writers and professors, said in an email to health comment: "We have no knowledge of our evidence that wearing a mail raises the chance of COVID-19."

In the review of one of these articles and the PolitiFact study, Ben Neuman, virologist at the Texas A&M University in Texas, concluded "this (study) includes nothing suggesting that wearing a mask is correlated with more coronavirus."

"I don't know frankly how it might happen," he said.

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Many studies in fact have found that mask wear slows coronavirus spread.

That's because COVID-19 spreads more by breathing gout.

Masks offer a clear shield against respiratory gout and travel to others if an affected person coughs, sneezes or communicates via the CDC.

If commonly used in public environments, masks are most successful.

Our assessment: Wrong

Centered on this research , the study by the DISCs reveals that mask wearers are more vulnerable to COVID-19 being contractual is Incorrect.

In reality, the study supports mask efficiency in slowing coronavirus spread.

This is also supported by several other reports.

Our sources for fact-checking:

TODAY, 3 April: the CDC advises that face masks can be used voluntarily in order for coronavirus dissemination to the public.

Weekly Report on Morbidity and Mortality Centers on Disease Control and Prevention, Sept 11.

The usage of masks, as reported by viral social media sources, does not raise the risk of COVID-19.

Oct. 13, No, the coronavirus would not accumulate the masks

Face Masks Still Do Matter, Wall Street Journal, 13 August.

There is increasing empirical proof.

August 7, Considerations for Wearing Masks: Outbreak Management and Preventive Centres.

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Originally published on USA TODAY: Fact check: CDC Mask Study, COVID-19 tests wrongly

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