World Mask Week movement launches to encourage use of face coverings to slow COVID-19 spread

World Mask Week movement launches to encourage use of face coverings to slow COVID-19 spread
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pandemic Action Network are partnering with more than 40 organizations to host World Mask Week beginning Friday in an effort to increase the use of face coverings across the globe, APA reports citing USA Today.

Wearing a mask in public spaces has been stressed by medical professionals as a primary way of slowing the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. 

Dr. Ali Nouri, President of the American Federation of Scientists, said the event will help normalize wearing a face mask.

"If you're not masking, you're not just putting yourself at risk but you're putting other people at risk," said Nouri. "The more people that understand that and realize that their well-being depends on other people doing the right thing, that's going to generate more pressure, more momentum and more acceptability of masks."

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