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Coronavirus: The Mask Wars

Coronavirus: The Mask Wars

Update: 2020-05-1510


When the pandemic started, we were told not to bother with masks. But now it looks like experts have done a 180 here, and a lot of us are being told to cover our mugs when we leave the house. So which is it? Should we mask up or not? To find out, we talk to epidemiologist Professor Benjamin Cowling, microbiologist Dr. Anna Davies, and clinical psychologist Dr. Olga Perski. Also: RED DEVIL SQUID!!

Here’s a link to our transcript:

And here’s a link to the squid video: 

This episode was produced by Wendy Zukerman with help from Michelle Dang, Rose Rimler, Meryl Horn, Laura Morris and Sinduja Srinivasan. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell with help from Caitlin Kenney. Fact checking by Diane Kelly. Mix and sound design by Peter Leonard. Music written by Peter Leonard, Marcus Bagala, Emma Munger, and Bobby Lord. A huge thanks to all the researchers we got in touch with for this episode, including Dr. David Simons and Benjamin Burford. And special thanks to the Zukerman family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.

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Comments (6)

Anthony Milan

Was that "critical roll/role" joke on purpose?

Jun 18th
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Jamie D.

move on to another subject already!

May 27th

Eva Pohl

One of the best science podcasts out there. Problem here, you are asking wrong question this time Wendy. You should ask if mask worn by those infected would lover the risk for the rest of the herd ;-) Czechs were 'advertising it' as - you protect me and I protect you. Not- me! I only have to care for me! Excellent PR. Those not wearing it were 'selfish' and all those ppl under lockdown, many not working were sewing face masks for their community, so they would not go nuts.

May 18th

Anna Dukhovich

Best host ever! ❤️

May 16th

Joe Weyek

Annoying host.

May 15th








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Coronavirus: The Mask Wars

Coronavirus: The Mask Wars