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The effectiveness of masks against flu, common cold

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) --- With the spread of the Coronavirus, flu, and the common cold, there's also a been spread of masks.

According to Dr. Khrystyne Lindgren of Mayo Clinic Health System, perfectly healthy people do not need to wear one. The mask does not prevent the flu or the common cold.

However, if someone has the flu or the common cold, they should wear a mask if they intend to go out into the public.

"Most of the common cold and influenza is caused by a virus that is in respiratory droplets, so essentially, when you cough, when you sneeze, the germs get spread out throughout the air, and what the mask does is help keep it in your own little bubble," said Dr. Lindgren.

The best way to prevent getting the flu or cold is by washing hands consistently. Experts expect flu season to wrap up by April.

For more information on mask control, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/infectioncontrol/maskguidance.htm

Mike Beiermeister

WXOW Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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