Masks are vital things now that may work as a key to avoid a huge number of COVID-19 cases.
- A new research suggests that masks are the answer to cut down the chance of having longer lockdowns in the future.
- Places are opening again after lockdown one of them is San Francisco, but it's never normal again. People must wear masks when they see someone even as far as 30 feet away.
- A study’s models looked at countries with a culture of mass face mask wearing, most of which also made wearing masks in public mandatory during the epidemic.
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As they say we are now in the new normal and wearing a mask is now part of our daily wardrobe. They come in different sizes and designs nowadays.
The last thing you won’t do today is leave your mask and because even states are beginning to operate again and having preps for post COVID recovery phase, masks are still vital in saving yourself and avoiding lockdowns again in the future.
“As governments plan how to exit societal lockdowns, universal masking is emerging as one of the key NPIs (non-pharmaceutical interventions) for containing or slowing the spread of the pandemic,” reports a study from April 2020.
Physical distancing may not be possible everywhere and if that’s the scenario making masks mandatory in several cities is the solution that the United States is seeing. One good example is San Francisco reopening and people are directed to wear face covers and masks when they see someone at 30 feet away.
Not only that, New York’s Governor Andres Cuomo already signed an executive order thay NY businesses can refuse customers or people trying to get in without a face mask.
There are people who oppose these things and don’t believe in what face mask can do this pandemic but according to researchers wearing face mask can help use get rid of this.
Researcher’s Key Findings
This study was conducted by several international universities researchers namely; University of Cambridge, Hong Kong University Of Science and Technology, Ecole de Guerre Économique in Paris, University College London, and Population Research Institute in Finland.
The study rounds on two aspects of predicting the impact and importance of using face masks in the wide-spread virus SARS-CoV-2, that causes this pandemic Covid-19.
These models were implemented to demonstrate two things:
- The significant impact of slowing the spread under universal masking (when at least 80 percent of the population wears masks) versus minimal impact when only 50 percent or less wore masks.
- Significant impact on slowing the spread when universal masking is adopted in the early onset of the virus.
This study firmly states that :
- Two models found out that physical distancing alone — without the use of masks — isn’t enough to mitigate an increase in infection rate once lockdown is lifted and that it could lead to more than 1 million deaths in a population the size of the United Kingdom as effect.
- We need the use of both physical distancing and proper masking that will result in between 50 and 80 percent of the population resulting in a substantial reduction of infections and acquiring of the virus.
- Models indicate that if 80–90 percent of the population wears masks, the disease will eventually be eliminated.
- Without masking, the study says, we could be looking at a second wave in 4 to 5 months.
Kinds Of Mask You Should Wear
Experts agree that wearing medical masks like N95 is very uncomfortable and they approved that even cloth masks would go a long way this pandemic season just to make sure you have great hygiene as well.
Most important thing is you are covering your nose and mouth. Wear your cloth mask properly and do not wear it in your chin area. The states agree as well that we should leave the N95 mask to the frontliners, medical workers, and healthcare workers to protect our heroes.
Wearing Mask & Other Precautions
Proper wearing of mask and other precautions should be observed for better protection, here we list the things you should do:
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
We Should Cooperate And Move As One
Studies suggest that we need at least 80% of our population to wear a mask to be successful. Remember that by wearing a mask you don’t just protect yourself, you also protect and help your community. We are in this together and soon this pandemic will be in control.