MARSHALL (KMHL) – There seems to be a lot of debate about whether or not healthy individuals should wear a mask when they are out and about.

Dr. Steven Meister, chief of Staff at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center says the masks can help asymptomatic carriers from spreading the virus.

“So if you wear a mask and you cough, a lot of that volume of virus is going to be caught by the mask, if you’re an asymptomatic carrier,” said Meister. “Hopefully, people who are sick aren’t out and about anymore and they’re staying inside.”

Meister says when someone talks, coughs or sneezes they can spread virus particles up to six feet or more – which is where the mask could be beneficial for those who are carriers, but not sick from the virus.