By Chris Gildone Posted: December 18, 2020
Many people are wondering why we have to wear these masks. While they do not substitute for social distancing and washing your hands they do help the spread of germs and the main thing we need protection from, COVID-19.
Coronavirus spreads through the droplets from an infected person’s mouth or nose. These microscopic droplets can fly through the air when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes. Now coronavirus is a rapidly spreading extremely contagious virus which is the reason why you are required to wear masks in most restaurants, schools, stores, and any public place.
While wearing a mask is something that helps protect you from the virus you also need to social distance, wash your hands frequently, avoid being in large groups, and stay home as frequently as possible.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website says that to help stay safe wearing a mask is a must. People will say that masks are useless because they don’t protect you all the time but they will help a lot of the time.
“Masks provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people. Multi-layer cloth masks can both block up to 50-70% of these fine droplets and particles and limit the forward spread of those that are not captured.”
In an experiment using high-speed video when saying a simple phrase, coughing, or sneezing visible droplets were shot at very high speeds. And when saying the same phrase, coughing, and sneezing again the majority of the droplets were contained.
The FDA or the U.S Food and Drug Administration have done tests and studies and have found that masks can protect you from Covid.
The fda.gov website says, “If worn properly, a surgical mask is meant to help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain germs (viruses and bacteria), keeping it from reaching your mouth and nose.”
Masks are designed to make a seal around your mouth and nose and not only protect you but also the ones around you. According to fda.gov, “Surgical masks may also help reduce exposure of your saliva and respiratory secretions to others.”
Although masks might not protect you from COVID 100 percent of the time it is a good step to take to protect yourself and others.