I’m not sure what else we could show people about how and why masks work. It may take getting infected with COVID or having someone they know and love get infected for this to really hit home. I hope it doesn’t come to that, said the doctor as he showed how any kind of mask is better than no mask.
Dr. Joe Hanson of the youtube channel It's Okay To Be Smart recently shared his views on how and why do masks work against the virus in the current pandemic scene. Hanson, in layman terms, gave answers to many questions that had been raised since the quarantine began.
The cool doctor also shed light on the difference in adapting pattern in different countries like Japan, Korea etc versus America where people showed much more reluctance before wearing masks.
He said, “It seems to be linked to local customs and norms. We can see that in places like Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and others, people quickly and widely adopted masks early on in COVID-19 outbreaks. That’s because wearing masks for health and infectious disease control is a more common and accepted practice in these places because of different cultural norms and their past experience with infectious disease outbreaks.”
“In places like the US, wearing masks isn’t ‘normal’. And, unfortunately, here in the US, this is a case where a public health and science issue has turned into a political issue, and instead of considering simply how masks can help us keep each other safe, people are thinking about what wearing a masks says about their politics. I wish that wasn’t the case.”
On talking about multiple layer masks, he told,“It was surprising to learn that masks that are too thick or have too many layers—while they might seem to be more effective—may actually block too much air and end up forcing your breath (and any viruses) out the side of the mask, defeating the purpose.”
In his video, he showed how the air flows along with virus particles when we breathe, talk, sing, cough etc. He also showed how different kinds of masks can help prevent the spread of virus to a great extent. While N95 is the most efficient, cloth masks and bandana are also pretty useful.
“I think that the science is pretty clear here. I’m not sure what else we could show people about how and why masks work to drive the point home from a scientific basis. I worry that for some people, it may take getting infected with COVID or having someone they know and love get infected for this to really hit home, and I hope it doesn’t come to that,” Hanson gave his view about the stubborn folks.
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