Wearing masks is a topic of debate for the whole world at this point in time. With the spread of coronavirus pandemic, and without any cure, people are panicking. At this point, all global research suggests that everyone must wear face masks irrespective of their disease. However, the United States is seeing protests for the latest passing of the mask mandate. California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered Californians to wear face coverings in public.
As politicians keep on debating on the usefulness of face masks in our society the virus keeps spreading like wildfire. Recent research suggested that wearing masks is not enough to stop the spread of the virus. However, it is definitely one of the necessary tools we need to fight the pandemic.
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Face masks help contain the spread of the virus
A meta-analysis of 172 studies looked at various interventions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, SARS, and MERS from an infected person to people close to them. The analysis, which was published in The Lancet on June 1, found that mask-wearing significantly reduces the risk of viral transmission.
Study co-author Holger Schünemann, an epidemiologist at McMaster University, says this evidence supports that, if there is a policy around using face masks in place, it does actually come with a fairly large effect. Now, most of the studies in the analysis looked at face masks use in health care, not community settings.
Researchers emphasize there are two main reasons to wear a mask. There’s some evidence of protection for the wearer, but the stronger evidence is that masks protect others from catching an infection from the person wearing the mask. And infected people can spread the virus just by talking. Therefore, it is best that everyone wear face masks for their own well being.
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Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.