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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 29: A woman wearing a protective mask walk through Little Italy during the coronavirus pandemic on May 29, 2020 in New York City. Government guidelines encourage wearing a mask in public with strong social distancing in effect as all 50 states in the USA have begun a gradual process to slowly reopen after weeks of stay-at-home measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

The debate of whether to wear a mask continues as more states see a surge in Coronavirus infections.

A new experiment done by researcher Rich Davis shows how important it is to wear a mask using agar cultures.

Davis tweeted that he had sung, sneezed, talked, and coughed into a petri dish with, and without a mask, he shared a picture and it was downright scary.

Davis set up several Petri dishes that showed the number of bacteria spread with and without a mask when a sneeze, conversation, singing a song, or cough happened. He then did the experiment again at a distance.

The number of bacteria represented in the Petri dishes with no mask was enormous compared to the dishes with a mask, hence the need for a mask is necessary. Davis’ experiment was retweeted over 166,000 times and was “liked” over 280,000 times.

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