Over the past recent months, the world has been looking for preventive measures to help deal with coronavirus. Some of the methods laid out by healthcare experts include washing hands with antiseptic soap, gloves, and face masks, or as Mexicans say ‘cubrebocas de tela.’ Nonetheless, there have been constant debates over which measures help the public and which ones don’t.
One of the most targeted measures is the use of face masks. Several studies have come through to verify that face coverings are effective against the virus. The coronavirus has caused a global pandemic. For this reason, here are three elaborated points on why face masks are essential.
Protect the Public
The coronavirus is identified to spread through contact with the fluids of an infected person. Respiratory droplets from a sick person can as well transfer the virus from one individual to another. The presence of face coverings helps limit the chances of unknowingly passing down the virus to each other.
Face masks serve as a barrier for the virus-containing particle. Whether you’re sneezing, coughing, or talking close to someone, a face mask should be effective as long as you avoid physical contact. Additionally, not just any covering can serve the job. Make sure to look at the types of face masks that are approved by experts.
You May Be Contagious
During the early stages of the spread of the virus, face-covering was only recommended to healthcare workers and the sick. Nonetheless, when it became evident that the virus can spread through respiratory droplets, face-masks were the only logical means to help prevent the rapid spread. The CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) urges everyone to wear masks as part of their guideline measures for curbing multiple infections.
Methods like using sanitizers can turn out to be costly for some people. Face masks serve as one of the most affordable means of prevention. With everyone playing a part in helping prevent the coronavirus spread, it’s easy for nations to fix their economies as healthcare experts work on finding a solution for this pandemic.
Whether you feel healthy or not, make sure to take necessary preventive measures. The virus affects individuals differently, resulting in the death of others. Wear a mask to protect your loved ones and those around you. Nonetheless, some studies say that face coverings do not provide the right protection. In my opinion, before we get conclusive results, it’s better to be safe than sorry.