Face Masks. Do They Really Work?

Do the face masks really make any difference in hindering the progression of Covid-19?

5 Answers

  • Stacie
    Lv 4
    2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    Its really easy to know they work at least in some amount. 

    When you cough, sneeze, or even just talk and breath you are releasing germs into the air. Assuming you have covid-19 a single sneeze in the open air can release 30,000 droplets which could each be containing the virus. Then it becomes an "odds"chance. All those droplets that contained the covid-19 virus (whatever amount they are in fact) have some possibility of getting in contact with someone else. 

    Now depending on where you are, it could be a slim chance, to a high chance.  If you sneeze right in front of people those droplets could touch other people right in the air and be immediately breathed in by other people. Even if not directly next so someone, those droplets could land on tables, door handles, keyboards, etc that could or will all be touched by other people. 

    Each amount released is statistically increasing the odds of someone getting it. Now like I said, its an odds chance, meaning you could sneeze on some one and they could not get it, or they could. But the more you put in the air, the higher the chances are that it gets in contact with someone.

     So if you want to test it, its very easy. Take a spray bottle and pretend this is a person sneezing. Then hold it in front of you face and spay it one time in your face. Now put a a mask over the spray bottle, or even a piece of cloth, cover it entirely and spray it again at your face. Did the same amount of spray hit you? Or was it greatly reduced? Yep... greatly reduced. 

     Clearly, masks reduce how much is coming out of you when talking, sneezing or coughing.  If everyone is wearing one we all greatly reduce the amount that spreads openly.  Now if you meant, does it reduce you breathing it in, well there is some debate here, but I can tell it does do two things, it obviously still limits some particles from coming in, and it also is a constant reminder not to touch your face with your hands that have touched other things other people have touched. 

    So it clearly does help, its probably no where near 100% protective, maybe its only 50, or even only 30 but still it is helping and if it means saving 30% of people or even 10% that could have been saved from dying by not spreading it to them, then its completely worth it in my book. 

  • 3 weeks ago

    A paper discussed below has been retracted by the journal the Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors wrote that their statistical methods could not determine whether the findings were reliable, making the results of the small study "uninterpretable." The study had found that surgical and cotton masks do not effectively contain viral droplets containing SARS-CoV-2. Subsequent research has suggested that face masks are an effective method for containing the spread of the virus, used along with staying six feet apart from other people.

    For the first time, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that even seemingly healthy people wear masks over their mouths and noses when venturing out of their homes into places where it is difficult to maintain distance from other people. But there is still major debate over how much masks — particularly the homemade fabric masks that the CDC recommends for the public — can slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • kelvin
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    how about you ask the people who refused too wear a mask and are dead now, oh yeah right you can't as they are dead

  • ..
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Every country in the world thinks so.......

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  • Mmm J
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    When used correctly, yes, they do.

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