Masks Save LivesPosted on August 25th, 2020 by Dr. Francis CollinsReminding others that “masks save lives” isn’t just sound advice. Not surprisingly, they found that the total number of deaths and infections declined as the availability and effectiveness of face masks increased. As this new study shows, face coverings—even those that are far from perfect—really can and do save lives. In fact, IHME data also show that consistent mask-wearing—starting today—could save close to 70,000 lives in the months to come.  Masks Do More Than Protect Others During COVID-19: Reducing the Inoculum of SARS-CoV-2 to Protect the Wearer.