The states are reopening after the long period of lockdown, and many, this includes California, are presently wearing a face mask in public spaces to reduce COVID 19, this has turn to a necessity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World health organization (WHO) has stated that the citizens are free to use masks made of cloths for public use unlike when the pandemic started and they said that we should wear the medical face mask which is so opposite of what we are recommended today. These orders from the organization have somehow caused confusion towards the citizens about the wearing of face masks. Health officials have confirmed the face masks aid in preventing the spread of COVID 19 and the more the practice of wearing face masks happen, the safer we will be from getting the virus.
An interview was conducted in San Francisco, an epidemiologist called George Rutherford, and an infectious disease specialist Peter Chin Hong. Questions was asked on the Center of Disease Control and Prevention masks changing ideas and what to have in mind while getting a mask. When they were asked why the sudden change from CDC. Mr. Rutherford said that the supply of surgical masks and N95 respirators can be reserved for medical personnel to prevent them from being infected and treat others. Another thing is that the United States does not want to wear masks unlike some countries in Asia it is like their normal lifestyle. Some people from the United States still choose to ignore the information that is given by CDC.
What is the effectiveness of the face mask?
There are different forms to prove that the mask is effective. One of them is that the masks have been taken to the laboratory and it has been studied that the respiratory droplets from our noses and mouth can be blocked by the face masks. This was done by looking through a high-speed video that showed that droplets from about 20 to 500 micrometers are gotten while coughing but the droplets decrease as a cloth was placed in front of the mouth. Another experiment showed that people that had the flu or cold reduce the spread of their virus when they wore masks from reducing the number of droplets that spread out.
But there is no better evidence than real-life research and experiences. The epidemiologic data mentioned how the results of wearing a face mask can lead to. Columbia and 15 states did a before and after comparison on the effectiveness of face masks. And it was showed that indeed the spread of COVID 19 reduce at a surprising rate, with a daily reduction of 0.9 percent.
Who should wear a face mask?
Everyone should wear a face mask, but sadly it can’t be so because when you expect 100 people to wear a face mask it’s only like 80 people will wear it. We should all wear our masks and do the necessary precautions to reduce the spread of the virus.