Reports say some protesters in the U.S. use masks that don’t have any protective effect to “comply” with the rules.

Anti-maskers in the U.S. are adopting new strategies to “comply” with local requirements for the use of masks indoors,media BGR reported. The masks used by the protesters were made of materials that had no protective effect on new coronavirus droplets and aerosols that could circulate freely through the air. To the disappointment of doctors, the protesters falsely claimed that the mask was mandatory for compliance, not safety.

Masks do not provide 100% protection against any pathogen, let alone the new coronavirus, which spreads rapidly from person to person in indoor settings. But they can reduce the risk of transmission by blocking droplets that people emit when they talk, cough or sneeze. This protection is two-way. The wearer also protects against particles floating in the air, including the COVID-19 virus.

Some protesters in the United States, however, now use masks that do not provide any protection. The masks are made of mesh, yarn or lace, 13WTHR reported. These do not prevent microscopic droplets or aerosols containing the virus.

“The mask I wear is designed to protect your face in paintball shooting. You can easily breathe through it. I walked around the store, talking to employees and other shoppers, and everyone could see my mouth. A Florida man said. Florida is now at the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, with thousands of new confirmed cases every day, far higher than in March and April. “It’s almost like not wearing a mask at all,” the man said. No one cares. That’s because it’s not about security. It’s all about compliance. “

Some people are reportedly trying to profit from the immediate disaster by selling unsafe masks. “Homemade protest mask!” According to 13WTHR, a seller described a mask pattern that protested. “Fashion, breathability… Need a mask? No problem! Breathe freely while expressing your self-expression. “

However, doctors say such masks do not protect the wearer or others from infection. “Masks are absolutely useful. They are not perfect. They’re not the only thing you need to take to control the virus, but they’re very effective and very simple,” Dr. Christopher Belcher, director of infection prevention medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital, told the television station. “The most important thing they do is that if you cough, sneeze, sing, they block all the saliva or droplets that come out of your nose and mouth to prevent it from spreading to others.”

Earlier this week, a different doctor conducted a simple experiment showing that masks do not stop people from breathing properly. Other scientists have tested several cloth masks to find out what materials can better prevent the spread of droplets and aerosols.