Universal mask-wearing is the most overlooked COVID-19 lifesaver
When you wear a Facemask you can protect yourself from catching the Coronavirus, and you can protect other people from catching this Virus from you! If everyone would wear a Facemask we could save many people’s lives, and stop the spread of the Coronavirus! In this COVID-19 Update we will present official documentation to offer you proof of this fact.
Western countries are experiencing higher rates of COVID-19 infections compared to Asian countries because of the West’s aversion to wearing masks. We need universal mask-wearing to aid in lowering COVID-19’s virality.
Japan has the strongest mask-wearing culture in the world and one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates
Despite Japan’s large elderly population and early infection, the infection and death rate is one of the lowest in the world. A leading reason for this is Japan’s strong mask-wearing culture lowering the virality of COVID-19 to manageable levels. Japan has only had 1,387 infections, yet being one of the earliest countries to become infected 2. Tokyo Metropolitan Police paper towel mask
The Czech Republic’s mandatory mask laws
Starting on March 18, the Czech Republic made it mandatory to wear a mask while in public. So far there have only been 2,942 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 23 deaths, making it one of the lowest infected countries in Europe. 6 We should keep a close eye on the Czech Republic’s future infection rate relative to its neighbors to show the quantifiable impact of mask-wearing. OVERVIEW: Czech campaign #masks4all.
Let’s promote mask-wearing culture to lower COVID-19 infections.
Anything that prevents aerosolized viruses from being transmitted person-to-person will lower COVID-19’s infection rate 5.
Wear a mask when outside of your home to avoid lingering aerosolized virus droplets3.
N95 masks are better than surgical masks, but anything that prevents breathing in moisture particles with viruses helps. 4
We need hard data that show a direct effect of a strong mask-wearing culture to lower COVID-19 virality. We only have anecdotal research at this point.
Going in public without a mask in a pandemic is like riding a motorcycle without a helmet. You don’t look cool. People see you and think you don’t value your life.
Promote research that shows the benefits of wearing masks. Research
Start promoting universal masks-wearing at the local level. Encourage your neighbors, apartment building, and city government to wear masks.