Coronavirus Updates

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 22: A man stands by the East River wearing a protective mask as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 22, 2020 in New York City. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

As the spread of coronavirus gets worse, people are looking for better ways to protect themselves and stay healthy. Besides washing hands and social distancing, one way people are trying to stop the spread of the virus is by wearing masks. But are they effective?

Ben Cowling, a Professor at the School of Public Health at The University of Hong Kong, tackles this question head-on.

In a “QuickTake” by Bloomberg video, he explains a lot of valuable information about masks. Some of the highlights are:

The N95 respirators are extremely effective, but they are difficult to wear for a long time. Cloth and surgical masks aren’t as effective, but they are better than nothing.

How you wear a mask has everything to do with how effective it is. For example, your mask must be worn covering your nose.

Wearing a mask can protect you to some extent, but it must be done with other proper hygiene. Unfortunately,  even if you do it right, there is not complete protection.

If you are sick and you wear a mask (correctly), it will catch a lot of the virus, and prevent other people from getting it from you.

He lastly adds, “If everybody wears face masks, then transmission in the community as whole would be lower.”

Watch the full video below.


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