As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the US, wearing a mask is more important than ever. We discuss why that is and how you can help prevent the spread
As the Corona Virus pandemic enters into July, experts and researchers are constantly learning new information about the disease and updating health guidelines. Initially the CDC recommended that only those who were sick wear masks, aside from health care workers and first responders. However, as the number of new cases continues to rapidly rise, the need for everybody to wear a mask is essential to flattening the curve and containing the spread.
The CDC now recommends that all members of the public, wear a face mask while outside. California has also mandated that masks me worn statewide and cities like West Hollywood and Santa Monica are going so far as to fine people who are not adhering to the order.
The main way that masks help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is capturing droplets from your mouth, before they enter the surrounding air, according to the CDC. To properly visualize just how effective masks can be, Dr. Richard Davis demonstrated a series of every day occurrences while wearing and not wearing a mask.
Despite the effectiveness of masks, the CDC recommends applying all preventative measures, as masks, social distancing, frequent hand washing and disinfecting alone are not enough to stop the spread.
However, there are common misconceptions surrounding face masks and their possible negative health impacts. Look on any news article or tweet about COVID-19 and you will see many comments about how masks don’t protect you, young and healthy people don’t need to wear them, they cause CO2 poisoning, and even suggesting that the entire pandemic is a hoax. The World Health Organisation has responded to many these misconceptions in an attempt to educate people properly.
The best thing that you can do, to help prevent the spread of the disease is to stay inside when possible, frequently wash your hands and disinfect surfaces and if you must leave the house, wear a mask and stay at least 6ft away from those around you. Even if you are asymptomatic, the virus can still be spread from you to those around you. The only way out of this pandemic is if everyone does their part to prevent the spread.