The Truth on Facemasks

What a Face Mask’s purpose is

   Several countries are making the face mask common practice. However, here in the U.S., the recommendation is inconsistent. Several government agents say the mask is voluntary and doesn’t provide the protection most expect, however, the CDC recommends a cloth mask in public, especially when social distancing is hard to uphold. If the message is mixed, then how do face masks actually protect against Covid-19?

   The sick should absolutely wear a mask in public. It keeps their germs in and limits how far air particles travel when breathing or coughing. The question is if the healthy should wear them too, though considering that 25% of people with the virus are asymptomatic, the line between healthy and sick is blurry and thin. It doesn’t help that most people who catch the virus don’t feel symptoms for 5-7 days, yet are contagious.

   Additionally, a mask won’t guarantee complete protection against the virus. Instead, it’s more of a precautionary measure to protect those who are vulnerable. A recent laboratory study in Hong Kong found that masks can reduce the amount of droplets and aerosols containing Covid-19 during a cough or sneeze, however the study does not produce concrete evidence that a mask can prevent the sick from infecting others

   A major issue regarding masks is that people are not handling them correctly. WHO recommends to wash hands or use hand sanitizer before putting the mask on and avoid touching it while it’s worn, especially the front. The mask should be covering both the mouth and nose. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer when taking the mask off and discard it in a closed bin. In regards to a reusable cloth mask, wash it after each use.

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