Saskatoon man uses city's frigid weather to show how masks help stop COVID-19 spread
A still image from a video Mike Becker shared on Reddit demonstrating how masks work. (Reddit/michaelkbecker)
SASKATOON -- A Saskatoon man's simple video, which helps illustrate how face masks prevent the spread of COVID-19, has garnered more than 1.5 million views on Twitter alone.
While the only audible sound during the short clip is the sound of Mike Becker's engine running on a frigid Saskatoon day, it still manages to speak volumes about the effectiveness of masks.
"It was a neat video because of how well you could see my breath, I figured others might think so as well," Becker told CTV News.
In the video, first shared in a Reddit post that has received over 6,000 upvotes, Becker exhales a few times through his mouth and nose, letting his breath visibly linger in the air before slipping on a mask.
Once Becker is wearing a mask, his breath can no longer be seen.
The easy-to-follow demonstration seems to have struck a chord online and has been shared widely.
Becker said he didn't plan on so many people caring about his video and if helped sway anyone skeptical about mask use, that's a bonus.
"If it did do that for some people, that's great. I just hope people stay happy and safe."