From day one, social distancing and masks were recommended for containing the spread of Coronavirus. New studies in different parts of the world have shown that face masks can bring down the growth rate of infection in a drastic way.
Wearing mask while going out is equally important like social distancing and stay at home, the new study in “The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: said. The study said that face masks helped in bringing down the infection rate in Italy and New York. These two places were hit hard at the beginning of the deadly disease.
The researchers claimed that face mask alone reduced the numbers by over 78,000 in Italy from April 6 to May 9 and over 66,000 in New York City from April 17 to May 9. The study said that the infection in New York City came down by three per cent on an average daily after people started wearing face mask. Meanwhile, the virus spread in other parts of the country. The researchers noted that face mask prevented airborne transmission. They said that face masks blocked atomisation and inhalation of virus-bearing aerosols.
Another study held in different cities and municipalities in Germany found that 40 per cent of the infection could be curtailed with the use of face mask.
The World Health Organisation in a revised guideline has asked the countries to make wearing face mask strict.
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