Effectiveness of Masks: Why You Should Consider Wearing A Mask?

    Effectiveness of Masks: Why You Should Consider Wearing A Mask?

    What you must know

    • If you wear a mask, you shield yourself and others. When everybody wears one, masks perform best.
    • A mask is NOT a substitution for social distance. In addition to staying at least 6 meters apart, masks should always be worn, particularly when indoors around people who do not live in your household.
    • Masks should cover the nose and mouth fully and fit snugly without holes on the sides of the face.
    • Masks should be worn every time you travel to or from your location by air, bus, rail, or any other form of public transport and to US transport hubs such as airports and stations.
    • People aged 2 or older should wear masks in public places and with people who do not live in their homes.
    • Wear a mask in your home if someone with whom you live has COVID-19 symptoms or has positive tests for COVID-19.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or after touching or removing your mask use a hand sanitizer of at least 60 percent alcohol.
    • Masks may not be appropriate if you are away from anyone outside yourself or other people living in your home. However, some regions may have mask mandates in public, so check the rules in your area (e.g. city, county, state). Also, search if there are federal mask mandates for where you are going.
    • CDC continues to research the efficacy of various mask styles and update our guidelines with the provision of new scientific evidence. Here is the most recent research report: scientific brief: Cloth Masks Group Use to Monitor SARS-CoV-2 | CDC Spreading
    • CDC has recently performed a report on the efficiency of various mask combinations in a laboratory.
    • There are many simple ways to boost your mask’s efficiency. Visit the CDC website to enhance your mask’s fit and filtration to minimize COVID-19 spread to learn more.

    Proof for Mask Effectiveness

    Your mask helps shield your surroundings.

    COVID-19 spreads primarily by respiratory gout from person to person. Respiratory droplets go into the air while coughing, sneezing, laughing, shouting, or singing. Then these droplets can land in the mouths or nose of people near you, or breathe in these droplets.

    Masks are a basic shield to avoid the reach of your respiratory gout. Studies suggest that masks minimize droplet spray when worn over the nose and mouth.

    And if you don’t feel sick you should wear a mask. Several studies have shown that people with COVID-19 who never develop (asymptomatic) symptoms and people who do not exhibit (pre-symptomatic) symptoms can still transmit the virus to others. The use of a mask helps to protect people around you in the event that you are sick but have no symptoms.

    When you’re with people you don’t live with indoors, and can’t keep at least 6 meters apart, it’s especially important to wear a mask because COVID-19 mainly spreads among those who are in close contact.

    Your mask provides you with some security

    You also have some protection from a fabric mask. How well it protects you against breathing in the virus depends possibly on the substances used and how your mask is made (e.g. the type of fabric, the number of layers of fabric, how well the mask fits). These factors are currently being investigated by CDC.

    Who should or should not wear a mask?

    Masks need to be worn:

    • By individuals 2 years and older
    • Any time you are in a public environment
    • You fly any time by plane, bus, train, or other forms of public transport to or from the United States, or to U.S. transport hubs, such as airports and stations.
    • If you are around people who don’t live with you, either in your home or in someone else’s home
    • If anyone inside your home has a COVID-19 symptom or has tested positive for COVID-19
    • CDC acknowledges that such instances should not be possible while wearing a mask. Consider modifications and alternatives in these situations.

    The following groups of people may not have to wear a mask:

    • An infant under 2 years of age;
    • An individual with disabilities who for disability reasons cannot wear a mask or wear a mask safely;
    • An individual wearing a mask will establish a health, safety, or employment risk in the workplace as provided for in the applicable safety rules or federal regulations.

    Effectiveness of Masks: Why You Should Consider Wearing A Mask?

    Rajat Singh
    A Bioinformatics Masters degree from the G.N Khalsa Science and Commerce College (Mumbai). Blogger by choice and an enthusiastic person with a technical background and passion.

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