Wearing face masks is now required or recommended in more than 160 countries to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Cloth face coverings, if worn correctly, can reduce spread of the virus as part of a set of protective measures. These include maintaining physical distance from others and frequent hand washing. However, some people have been concerned that wearing face masks might lead people to forgo other protective behaviors. The fear is that this creates a false sense of security that can lead to neglecting essential measures like regular hand washing. Actually, researchers have shown that this is not the case. This is similar to other risk reduction measures such as cyclists wearing helmets which has not been shown to be linked with cyclists making more dangerous maneuvers when biking on the roads.