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There are many things we are asked to do until scientists can find a way to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. The most important things we need to do are wash our hands regularly and not leave the house unless absolutely necessary. If we follow these two rules, we are already doing a lot in helping the fight. This is important because it prevents the pandemic from spreading and buys us more time.
This time is necessary for the medical experts to try and find a vaccine, or a different way to beat the disease. What about masks? You can see many people walking outside wearing face masks, but you are not sure if they really help, because there is a lot of conflicting information? Well, look no further, in this article we will try to answer the question if masks can protect you from COVID-19.
Does A Face Mask Really Have An Impact?
It is not guaranteed that you will not get sick if you are wearing a mask. The novel coronavirus can transmit through your eyes and some tiny particles can even penetrate masks. Those particles are known as aerosols. Still, masks are not useless. They can capture droplets, and droplets are the main way the novel coronavirus gets transmitted. According to medical studies, wearing a mask gives you approximately five times the protection versus not wearing one. So it definitely helps.
For example, if you are in close contact with a person who is infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, a mask will definitely lower the chance of the disease being transmitted. This is why it is recommended that everyone wear a mask. But, it is more important that people who have symptoms or already know that they have the coronavirus wear it. So if you are just walking around or driving in your car you do not need a face mask, really. It will not make a difference.
When Should You Wear A Mask?
However, once you start interacting with other people, a face mask might be helpful, so keep that in mind, You know what they say, better safe than sorry.
People that should absolutely wear a face mask at all times during this period are healthcare workers because they are in contact with the patients. Also, if you are taking care of someone who is old and possibly sick, you should wear a face mask whenever you are around them. The novel coronavirus hits the elderly harder than younger people, so you do not want to risk transmitting them the disease.
It is actually recommended to wear a cloth mask by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, even they advise you to wear it only in public settings. If it is hard to manage social distancing in certain situations, a face mask is definitely helpful. And yes, it can protect you against COVID-19 in those cases. Some of those settings include pharmacies or grocery stores, places you can’t avoid during these times. You do not need to wear a special mask either, just a simple cloth covering can help slow the spread of the virus. Those are considered a supplemental voluntary public health measure, but they can be of help, so if you can, use them when going outside.
About the Author
Ivan loves writing, music, audio production, and social sciences. He lives by the words of one famous sociologist who said that "sociology is a martial art". When he's not writing, he enjoys playing his Stratocaster and video games.
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