BILL Nye, the ‘Science Guy’ broke down why it’s so important to wear a face mask in public during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a pair of TikTok videos, the science educator Nye, 64, performed a simple experiment which illustrates why “people in the scientific community want you to wear a face mask while out in public.”
The popular science figure delivers his message where he displays a common surgical mask, a scarf that “won awards in the Washington State Fair for both design and workmanship” and a homemade face mask.
“Why do people in the scientific community want you to wear a face mask when you are out in public?” he says.
“Well, please, consider the following. Face masks like this one prevent particles from my respiratory system from getting into the air and then into your respiratory system.”
The 64-year-old is successful in blowing out a candle with a scarf covering, then pulls out an N95 surgical mask, which he says is made to “block particles in the medical environment and when you’re out mowing the lawn.”
After demonstrating its effectiveness, he raises his voice to get his point across, as the wearing of masks has become a controversial topic in the US during the coronavirus pandemic.
“So the reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect you, sure. But the main reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect ME from YOU, and the particles from your respiratory system from getting into my respiratory system,” Nye says.
New York Gov Andrew Cuomo, who has continuously stressed the importance of wearing face masks in public, which has been required in New York since April, posted Nye’s video on his Twitter account saying, “Listen to Bill Nye.”
“Everybody, this is a matter literally of life and death. And when I use the word literally I mean literally a matter of life and death,” Nye stressed to his TikTok followers.
“So when you’re out in public, please wear a mask.”