As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread around the globe, including in the U.S. where 57 people have tested positive for the virus, many people are buying surgical face masks to protect themselves. And demand for the products has continued unabated since the initial reports of the virus began hitting the news. Retailers tell Yahoo Finance they are continuing to see steady demand for items including face masks and hand sanitizer in many of its stores, while manufacturers are working to further increase output to countries around the world. But simple surgical masks won’t prevent wearers from the virus, which has infected thousands across the globe, killed nearly 3,000 people, and spread to 38 other countries outside of China including the U.S. If anything, those who are already infected should be wearing masks.

 

 

Eneas De Troya from Mexico City, México [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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