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Experts Debate Usefulness of Face Masks

March 7, 2006
Associated Press

How much protection would a face mask offer during a worldwide flu epidemic? And would people need a fresh one every day or even every few hours? There aren't clear answers, public health experts said Monday as the Institute of Medicine grappled with what advice to offer the federal government... ..."We should not be talking about the reusability of masks or other devices until we know whether they actually work to begin with," said Jeffrey Levi of Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit health advocacy group.

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