Fact-checking a dangerous mask meme shared by Trump Jr. on Facebook

On Facebook, Trump Jr. posted an image of a lab where scientists were working in certain hazmat suits known as positive pressure suits. Text on the image says, "This is what virologist wear to protect themselves from a virus. Don't worry, though. Your bandana probably works too."
The image is from 2017 and was taken at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province.

In posting the image, Trump Jr. wrote, "Solid point." The post has received more than 40,000 shares and over 69,000 reactions on Facebook.

Facts First: It is false, and dangerous, to suggest that masks and face coverings don't help prevent the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus, which has killed more than 517,000 people since China reported its first cases to the World Health Organization in December.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes, the coronavirus spreads "Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks" and "These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs."
The primary reason for wearing a face mask is to prevent personal droplets from spreading to others.
Researchers at Florida Atlantic University, in a study published in the journal Physics of Fluids on Tuesday, found that bandanas reduced the average distance that coughs traveled from 8 feet to 3.6 feet. A folded handkerchief took that distance down to 1.25 feet. Commercial cone masks reduced the distance to 8 inches, and a two-layer, stitched mask to 2.5 inches.

Pointing to a 2017 picture of researchers wearing positive pressure suits while studying various viruses in no way disproves or casts doubt on how masks and face coverings can help the average person prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In going against CDC-recommended guidelines -- which the administration continually points back to -- Trump Jr. appears to be attempting to cast conspiratorial doubt on a measure that can save lives.
On Tuesday, however, Trump Jr. also told Fox Business, "I don't think that it's too complicated to wear a mask or wash your hands and follow basic hygiene protocols."

Football news:

Bayern have scored 36 goals for the season in the Champions League. This is their record
Mueller came in 3rd place for goals scored in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Only Messi and Ronaldo have more
Messi beat Raul to 4th place in the Champions League
Barcelona conceded 4 goals per half in the Champions League for the first time in history
Messi is playing the 23rd match in the 1/4 final of the Champions League. This is a tournament record
Muller has scored 5 goals for Barcelona in 5 Champions League matches
Muller is playing his 113th match in the Champions League. This is a record among Germans