During the current pandemic, the use of face masks has long been a debate - but now, Bill Nye has taken to TikTok to shut down the "science" behind "anti-maskers."
Keep scrolling to watch his video...
The wearing of masks has sparked debate for months now.
via: Getty ImagesWith people claiming they know the true science behind whether masks are necessary or not.
Some believe that wearing masks should be mandatory for everyone.Whilst others believe they serve no purpose at all.
Some people are choosing to wear a face-covering regardless of whether they are mandatory.
via: Getty ImagesTo provide them with peace of mind.
But there are issues with face masks that many people have discovered...
via: Getty ImagesNot only were they in short supply, after most countries in the world were requiring PPE.
Meaning that many people are having to make their own.
via: Getty ImagesBoth for themselves and for essential workers, as they are not being provided with enough.
But the other issue is that many people have discovered how uncomfortable face masks can be.
via: Getty ImagesParticularly when they are worn for a long period of time.
They can also make it hard to breathe whilst wearing.
But obviously, there has been an ongoing debate as to if they actually provide enough protection.
via: Getty ImagesThe world seems to be divided on the issue, with lots of people claiming that the masks are in fact only an accessory used to control the masses.
And that's why many are refusing to wear them.
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Despite this, health experts have stressed their importance.
via: Getty ImagesHealthline describes them as "crucial in the fight against the pandemic." They stressed that this rule is to protect others and not yourself - wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the disease by at least half.
And another person to stress their importance has been scientist and presenter Bill Nye.
via: Getty ImagesCommonly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, he has been sharing a whole array of videos on TikTok that highlight just how important and effective face masks can be.
In the videos, the sixty-four-year-old conducts simple experiments using several types of facing coverings and a candle.
via: Getty ImagesFor each face-covering, he explains and shows their effectiveness in preventing particles from spreading in the air by blowing on the candle.
In the first video, he begins by placing a chunky knit scarf over his mouth and blowing on the lit candle.
via: TikTokUnsurprisingly, it was fairly ineffective and the candle blew out with ease as he explained "it can block the air but only to a certain extent."
He then continued the process with a home-made face mask, made of 2 pieces of material and a pipe cleaner - a cheaper face-covering solution.
via: TikTokIn the second video, Nye tries it with an N95. Both of these were much more effective, failing to blow out the candle despite several attempts.
This experiment creates a visual explanation for social media users as to how our breath and germs can travel and how face coverings can prevent that.
via: TikTokHe ends the second video by saying: "So the reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect you, sure."