Here’s the Background Story:
(RightWing.org) – There’s so much pressure placed on Americans to wear a face mask when going out in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, some states even require it. Ultimately, some people choose to wear them while others don’t feel the need. Do you feel safer when wearing a face mask out in public?
Here Are the Contributing Factors:
Broadly speaking, there are two types of masks people talk about when this topic comes up.
First are N95 filtration masks, which, when worn properly, have an active filter that keeps you from inhaling nearly all virus particles. These have a limited life span, though they can be temporarily extended through proper sanitization practices. N95 masks are generally reserved for medical professionals as they’re constantly exposed to COVID-19 patients and are more at risk of infection.
The other kind of mask is the one broadly referred to when people say “wear a mask when going out in public.” They can be fashioned from almost any piece of fabric to wrap around the wearer’s mouth and nose. Though these improvised face coverings do not filter out virus particles, they do lower the potential transmission of the coronavirus.
At the end of the day, how much safer are you when wearing a mask? It turns out you might be more than previously anticipated.
The CDC initially spent time researching how long the coronavirus survives on surfaces. For a while, there was a big emphasis on washing your hands regularly, which should still be done even without COVID-19 floating around. However, the CDC recently revised its assessment of how the virus spreads.
While touching an infected surface and then touching your face is still a method of transmission, it’s believed that air particulates from coughs or sneezes are the primary way it spreads. That means that having more people cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing, or doing so behind their mask, reduces the virus’ spread. The CDC also mentioned that, in addition to surfaces, animal-to-human or human-to-animal transmission methods are less of a factor than air particles.
Poll: Do You Feel Safer Wearing a Mask?
61% Voted Yes
39% Voted No
What Do You Think?
Currently, there’s no vaccine and also no way to 100% protect yourself from contracting COVID-19. There are only preventative measures we can take to reduce the odds as scientists work towards developing a cure. Does wearing a face mask make you feel more protected from the coronavirus?
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