When it comes to surgical masks, Biddinger says they're not a public health recommendation. The best way to protect yourself is to follow simple hygiene practices, such as always washing your hands, covering your face when you cough and wiping down any surfaces you will eat on or use.
“The simple surgical masks that you see a lot right now on news footage are proved to decrease disease transmission by those who are infected, but in terms of protecting yourself, there’s never been good studies that have proved that they decrease your risk of becoming infected,” said Biddinger.
That doesn’t go to say, however, that it’s impossible to catch the disease. People should be on the lookout for everyday mistakes that could transmit germs and bacteria, such as touching dirty surfaces and then touching your face.
On Wednesday afternoon, emergency crews responded to a Hainan Airlines flight from Beijing that arrived at Logan with a sick passenger on board. The passenger was evaluated at the scene but refused to be taken to the hospital since their symptoms did not match coronavirus criteria.