Doc who runs weighs in on neck gaiters

There has been controversy about whether neck gaiters provide sufficient coverage to prevent the spread of COVID-19, much spurred by news coverage of a Duke University study.

Dr. Mark Harrast, medical director of the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center, explains that study was meant to show a potential method for measuring the effectiveness of face coverings. 

"Gaiters are fine and any face covering is better than no face covering at all. That’s really the key," he says, adding that if you are out running or biking, make sure you are appropriately distanced from others. Have a mask or face covering at the ready to don if at least six feet of space isn't possible.

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