Masked patients 'reduce health worker infections'

According to senior US health officials, mask wearing by the public is a civic duty

Ordering patients to wear a face covering is crucial to protecting health workers from contracting COVID-19 on the job, researchers say.

A group of 12 hospitals in the US introduced mandatory mask-wearing in March 2020, in response to a ballooning number of health worker diagnoses. 

At the peak, more than 21% of 10,000 health workers were infected with the virus, according to findings published in JAMA last week.

The rate stabilised after the hospitals instructed staff to always wear surgical masks. 

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