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University of Florida issues statement about mask pathogen reports

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

The University of Florida has issued a statement about a local story that has gone national regarding dangerous pathogens found on face masks worn by children:

“The University of Florida Mass Spectrometry Research and Education Center routinely conducts lab tests for members of the public as requested, as it did for Ms. Donoho. However, it is important to note that we had no way of establishing the chain of custody for these masks and to what conditions they were exposed prior to the lab test. To draw any conclusions is premature and a more controlled, peer reviewed research is warranted. It is also important to note that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies indicate wearing a mask is among the most effective measures for preventing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19.”

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