The worldwide coronavirus pandemic took us all by surprise. It was surrounded by controversy, speculations, and countless conspiracy theories.
One of the hottest subjects amid the pandemic was the usefulness of face masks.
For months, people separated into two camps – those who believed that the masks are useful to prevent the novel coronavirus, and the other who believed masks are useless, a waste of money, or stuff like that.
Initially, wearing a mask was just a recommendation, but it quickly became mandatory in many states when it came to entering public buildings.
Lab research was conducted to determine if masks are efficient in preventing COVID-19 spread.
A recent article in the Lancet, a popular medical journal, analyzed 172 different observational studies from 16 countries and came to an unsurprising conclusion. Masks are very good at reducing the risk of infection.
One study that was posted nearly a week ago in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal revealed that the novel coronavirus typically spreads airborne. Therefore, widespread mask-wearing would considerably decrease the number of new infections.
Analysis of the evolution of the situation in Wuhan and other heavily-affected areas revealed that, without masks, social distancing is not that efficient.
“We conclude that wearing face masks corresponds to the most effective means to prevent interhuman transmission, and this inexpensive practice, in conjunction with simultaneous social distancing, quarantine, and contact tracing, represents the most likely fighting opportunity to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.” – extract from the study.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained how wearing a mask is beneficial for everybody – “Your cloth face covering may protect them. Their cloth face covering may protect you.”
Therefore, consider wearing a mask whenever you go outside for your safety.