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Jason Kindrachuk

Assistant Professor, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Expertise: Microbiology, Virology, Viral pathogenesis

Telegraph article describing the hypothesis that face masks can variolate a population receives mixed reviews on its scientific accuracy

“The Telegraph headline is obviously misleading but the subheading is accurate. Masks don’t give immunity; rather, the argument is that infections are milder or asymptomatic and allow immunity without severe disease. The article is essentially true to the NEJM commentary, however a reader could become confused and think that the article suggests masks give you COVID-19 immunity.”