People have been encouraged to wear a mask since the Covid-19 pandemic began. They were told that they needed to wear face coverings to protect other people from the virus. However, new research has shown that you can protect your own health by wearing a face mask.
The Center for Disease Control has stated that half of Covid-19 transmissions are due to asymptomatic people. This means that people who do not know what they have Covid are spreading it to other people. They have also explained how the masks work. They can reduce the spread of droplets. The cloth masks have the ability to filter small droplets.Read More »
The CDC has cited several studies that prove the effectiveness of face masks. There was one study done that involved two hair stylists that had Covid-19. They had exposed 67 clients to coronavirus, but they wore masks. None of the clients developed coronavirus despite the fact that they were exposed to the infected hair stylists.
There was another study done in Thailand. It showed that 1,000 people who wore masks during high-risk exposure were able to reduce their risk of developing of Covid-19 by 70 percent. Another study showed that people could reduce their risk of Covid by 79 percent by wearing a mask.
It is common for coronavirus to spread among family members who live in the same household. There was a study done that involved 101 households in Nashville. Fifty-three percent of people got infected from someone in their same household. Seventy-five percent of people developed an infection within five days of being exposed to someone in their household.
Furthermore, there has been a study done to suggest that wearing a mask on a plane can reduce the risk of coronavirus. Researchers have found that if an infected person wears a mask on a 10-hour flight, then they will be less likely to spread the virus. Airlines require passengers to wear a mask, and there have not been any reports of major outbreaks on airplanes.
The CDC has stated that wearing masks not only helps protect against illness and death, but it also has financial benefits. An economic analysis stated that increasing universal masking by 15 percent can reduce the need for lockdowns. It can also reduce financial losses by $1 million.
The CDC has also provided further guidance about when people should get tested for Covid-19. In October, they revised their guidance about being in close contact with an infectious person. In the past, they said that you should be tested if you have spent at least 15 minutes with an infected person.
However, you should now get tested if the time that you have spent with an infected person adds up to 15 minutes within a 24 hour period. The new guidelines come at a time where Covid-19 infection rates are spiking in many parts of the country. Experts are also concerned about the Covid infections going up after the holidays. The CDC has stated that the best thing that anyone can do to protect themselves is to wear the mask consistently and correctly.
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