SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Following mask mandates in states and cities across the U.S., wearing a mask has become a topic of debate for many.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend wearing face coverings in public.
He uses a candle in his experiment to show how much air escapes his mouth when it’s covered by different masks.
He tests out a scarf, homemade mask and an N-95 medical-grade mask.
“Face masks, like this one, prevent particles from my respiratory system from getting into the air, and then into your respiratory system,” Nye said.
“Everybody, this is a matter literally of life and death,” he added. “So when you’re out in public, please wear a mask!”
The video has more than 15 million views on TikTok, Twitter and Youtube.
Nye says material matters, but whichever fabric you choose, what’s most important is wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth when you’re in public. He says it’s important to choose a mask you can wear comfortably and consistently.