Evidence Mounts for Masks in Coronavirus Control

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Masks are an important part of the Coronavirus response, and while the messaging was conflicted at first – largely due to a lack of formal data, we are starting to get a pretty clear picture of their role. It was a misstep early on for the C.D.C. to tell the public masks were ineffective, when in fact they were trying to preserve the shelves from being ransacked for PPE.

Since then, we have seen many countries get COVID under control with universal mask participation among the populace, and now have a model and mammalian study. This in addition to the fact that doctors, construction workers and just about anyone who needs to keep things out of their lungs has used masks for their protection since cattle rustlers wore bandannas. This latest study tests the principle simply, with hamsters separated by surgical mask material:

Surgical masks can reduce coronavirus spread by 75 percent: researchers

A study by Hong Kong researchers suggests wearing surgical masks can reduce the spread of coronavirus by up to 75 percent. “The findings implied to the world and the public is that the effectiveness of mask-wearing against the coronavirus pandemic is huge,” microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung of Hong Kong University said on Sunday, according to Sky News.

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