Masks for Coronavirus but not flu?

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First, let me say that I am not trying to start a debate; I am simply seeking information and trying to understand.

The CDC does not recommend the use of masks for influenza, which is also primarily spread by droplets. Why the difference?

What is different about the Coronavirus that masks help slow its transmission when they don't slow the transmission of influenza? One assumes there must some physical difference in the virus or in how it is spread?

Thank you in advance for any information you can provide. :)
 
Mar 19, 2020
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Coronavirus is more dangerous, we don't know enough about it, and there is no vaccine.
Also, Coronavirus can be airborne, not just in droplets.
 
Jul 24, 2020
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Any benefit to wearing a mask to stop the spread of coronavirus should also apply to influenza because the respiratory transmission dynamics are similar. Its likely that CDC advice is different due to emergency nature of pandemic and the effort to curb the spread as much as possible.
 
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