The ongoing debate on whether wearing masks is effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 seems to be coming to an end. Healthcare professionals have found proof in the effectiveness of wearing masks, and if that is not enough, they say masks could prevent further shutdowns.
Recent research, published by a group of international experts, created a model that shows the cases could be cut significantly if “near universal masking” is adopted. “Universal masking at 80 percent adoption flattens the curve significantly more than maintaining a strict lockdown,” researchers wrote in the study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed. Masking at only 50 percent adoption is not sufficient to prevent continued spread,” the researchers added.
Alex Azar says, “Masks on!”
Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary, said, “The widespread social distancing and mask usage would eliminate the need for resuming shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
“If we wear our masks we can avoid further shutdowns but if we don’t that will be the consequence,” Azar went on to say on Sunday, July 23, CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“The most important thing we’ve got to do right now is each of us act responsibly as individuals,” he added. “We know this works if we just will do this as individuals.”
Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), agreed with Azar in mid-July. “If we could get everybody to wear a mask right now, I really think in the next four, six, eight weeks, we could bring this epidemic under control,” said Redfield.
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