If you feel unclear about whether people should wear masks and why and the type, you’re not by yourself. COVID-19 is really a novel disease and we’re learning new things over it every day. However, much of the confusion around masks is a result of the conflation of two very different functions of face mask.

The new coronavirus spreads mainly via airborne transmission and wearing a mask is easily the most effective way to stop person-to person spread, as outlined by new information.

So why are we at war over masks? Turns out, face coverings are already controversial inside the U.S. for more than a century, as outlined by Robert A. Kahn, a professor and mask law expert on the University of St. Thomas law school in Minneapolis. When it comes to public health, he was quoted saying, experience has demonstrated the light source touch is ideal in persuading Americans to use them.

We’ll try and sort fact from fiction and provide some practical advice about goggles in Australia.

Leaving the medical-grade masks to health workers, where they’re needed most, people are increasingly trying to make their own masks in your house. WIRED has picked three simple designs using fabrics you currently have around the house and without resorting to master-level sewing skills.

The evidence

vaccinated to remain well during flu season, don’t have any protection from coronavirus.

It comes after criticism from some pupils saying “it’s difficult to social distance” inside schools. One senior high school in Edinburgh has chosen to share with pupils and staff to wear face coverings while active between lessons.

The argument is always that because of so many of these infected not displaying any symptoms, masks minimizes them from unknowingly spreading herpes to others when coughing and sneezing. If used properly, a mask could also deter people from touching their face and infecting themselves, particularly if combined with frequent hand washing and social-distancing measures.