Scientists Say A Mask Reduces Your Risk of The Coronavirus By 65% But What Type of Mask Should You Wear?
Time and again, doctors and experts are recommending wearing a mask to decrease the risk of being infected from COVID-19, yet there are millions across the world on whom the message falls on deaf ears. There are people who go to the point of even being aggressive if told to wear a mask which amounts to illogical behavior because after all, it’s for their own protection. The coronavirus transmits two ways, one being via droplets when someone coughs or sneezes and the germs are expelled into the air. The other is through the aerosol route when someone speaks. Now it has also been proved that the virus may have developed airborne capabilities which makes wearing the mask even more important today.
1Masks provide protection against respiratory emissions
As per a report in the daily mail, researchers have found that masks prevent both these particles from entering the mouth or nose. In fact, research by a team from the University of California Davis Children’s Hospital has found that wearing a mask now prevents or decreases your risk of the coronavirus by 65% whereas social distancing decreases the risk by 90%. Research has also found that a face mask dramatically decreases the risk of getting sick with the virus.
2What a team from UC Davis Children’s hospital found out
Earlier scientists felt that a mask only prevented transmission from those who were infected but now they feel that everyone should wear a mask to avoid contracting the virus. The team from the University of California Davis Children’s Hospital has found that covering the nose and mouth decreased the risk of COVID-19 infection by 65 percent. According to DR Dean Blumberg chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, ‘People who say, ‘I don’t believe masks work,’ are ignoring scientific evidence. It’s not a belief system. It’s like saying, ‘I don’t believe in gravity.’
3The virus has two main modes of transmission
Scientists have found that the virus spreads through two main methods. One is the respiratory droplets emitted into the air by coughing and sneezing. These are around 1/3rd the size of human hair and can be seen. The other is the aerosol from where the virus can be sprayed into the air by humans when speaking. This is around 1/100th the size of a human hair, invisible and potentially more dangerous. Its spread can be reduced only by avoiding crowded spaces and strict social distancing.