Sunday, June 14, 2020

Study finds face masks ‘critical’ for individual COVID-19 protection

By Brittany A. Roston

If you’ve been refusing to wear a face mask in public, now is the time to start. A new study out of Texas A&M University has found that failing to wear a face mask puts a person at dramatic risk of contracting the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — and it also increases their odds of spreading it to other people. Face masks alone aren’t enough to prevent the virus, but they are an important tool.

In some countries, including the US, wearing face masks while in public is controversial — a combination of misinformation and general stubbornness has fueled a backlash against mask recommendations, resulting in many people who are visiting stores and generally being close to strangers without this form of protection.

According to the study out of A&M, the use of face masks in New York, Italy, and China prevented tens of thousands of COVID-19 cases in only a few weeks. Respiratory aerosol particles are named the ‘dominant’ way that the novel coronavirus spreads and face masks were shown as effective for protecting against this on an individual person-to-person level.  Read more >>