Face masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Masks effectively prevent the coronavirus spread as they can avoid larger expelled droplets from evaporating into smaller droplets that can travel farther. A study by a team of researchers led by a Texas A&M University professor found that not wearing a face mask can dramatically increase a person's chances of being infected by the COVID-19 virus. N95 respirators and surgical masks are personal protective equipment used to protect the wearer from airborne particles. However, they are not recommended for the general public as they are critical supplies that must be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders. While CDC recommends using simple cloth face coverings for the general public, it also recommends preventive actions, such as hand washing and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.