Source: WUNC

Masks are helpful in limiting the spread of the coronavirus, according to a new national study. The study involved researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, according to WUNC.

The researchers found that the coronavirus establishes itself in the nose first and that covering the nose with a mask helps to prevent droplets from entering the nostrils. UNC professor Richard Boucher, who was a lead author of the study, says that wearing a mask ought to be standard operating procedure at this point, WUNC reports.

“You know, I think we’re all in this together,” Boucher said. “We all travel around the state, so if we want to beat this thing down in the state, the whole state has to be on the same page.”

Governor Cooper announced at a press conference that the state would require masks to be worn statewide in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus in North Carolina.

Read the full story on face coverings and how they stem the coronavirus from WUNC.