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Are disposable masks better than reusable ones?
Sakamoto Fumie of St. Lukes International Hospital in Tokyo says experiments suggest both types of mask are effective to some degree at containing droplets produced by coughing or sneezing. But she warns that neither offer complete protection against the smallest droplets, and it is better to avoid going out if you are coughing or sneezing.
Is it risky to ride elevators?
Sakamoto says it’s best to avoid riding crowded elevators and avoid talking to anyone while inside an elevator. She also says it is important not to touch your face with your hands after pressing elevator buttons. After touching them, wash your hands with soap and water as soon as possible.