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From a page on the WHO website (relating to SARS):

Q. What about the masks? You still insist itís ineffective?

A. Dr Heymann:
This virus, we believe, can transmit through any mucus membrane and a mucus membrane is the nose, the mouth, the eyes. And if the mouth and nose are covered and the eyes are not covered, youíre probably not protected. And if youíre not washing your hands, youíre probably not protected because coronavirus is transmitted very easily from person to person through a handshake, and then a touching of a mucus membrane.

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posted on Sunday, April 13, 2003 - permalink
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