In light of the new coronavirus outbreak there is considerable discussion and little agreement on the use of masks by the general public. However, with the pandemic growing exponentially in many countries, the generalized use of masks in certain countries has suggested the significant slowing down in the spread of the virus.
Non-medical masks fundamentally prevent transmission from you to others, through sneezing and coughing, as well as breathing and talking. As such, the objective of the masks is not to protect the wearer, but to prevent that person from possibly transmitting to others. Nevertheless, even with this partial protection it can be a valuable option in slowing down the transmission curve.
Right now, all protective equipment is urgent and essential.
Not only to protect yourself, but primarily to protect others. Masks or other facial barriers prevent the spread of potentially infected micro-droplets. The more people wear masks, less transmission will take place and fewer people will be exposed and infected. Many of us can be contagious while asymptomatic (no visible symptoms) and spread the virus unknowingly.
So, when we both wear a face mask, I will be protecting you and you will be protecting me.
Important: even while wearing a mask, please continue to practice social distancing, staying at home, as well as regularly washing hands. If you must leave your house for essential movements, use a mask for everyone’s safety.