“Better to be safe than sorry; if not now, then when?”
An increased number of cases of COVID-19 are being reported every day. This is high time for all of us to control or else it will cause all of us great trouble. New face masks have been introduced with high-quality material to avoid the spread of disease.
Due to this COVID-19 pandemic we all are needed to wear face masks for our safety. Because its better to be safe than sorry. We may not have any symptoms of the virus, we may not even be infected by this virus, but we can still breathe out this virus without even knowing so it is crucial for all of us to wear masks for our and everyone else's safety.
But the question is, how will we know which is the most effective mask or even the worst? The researchers at Duke University in North Carolina tested mask coverings ranging from the kind worn by healthcare professionals to neck fleeces and knitted masks.
They compared the dispersal from the participants to breathe while wearing the coverings to when his mouth when fully exposed. According to their study, the least effective face mask is the neck fleece having a “droplet transmission fraction” of 110%. It can actually increase the risk of infection.
A bandana was found to be the second-worst face coverings but it did not increase the risk of the infection while the knitted covering was the third-worst. According to their study fitted N95 masks without valves which had a droplet transmission fraction of 0.01% was the most effective face covering.
The second best was the surgical mask while A polypropylene mask came in third. Handmade cotton face coverings were also shown to perform well and eliminated a substantial amount of spray from normal speech. In the absence of any vaccine or antiviral medicines, face coverings are the only best way to protect us.
Wearing a mask is a simple way to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Most of the infections are from people who don’t show any symptoms and often don’t know that they are infected. They unknowingly spread the virus while coughing, sneezing, or even talking. If everyone wears a mask we could stop up to 99% of these droplets before they reach some.