Wearing Facemasks can save lives & stop the Coronavirus: #MasksforAll

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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. 

Italy

13,915 deaths

230 Deaths/1M pop. 7

  • Low mask-wearing culture

Taiwan

deaths

0.2 Deaths/1M pop. 7

  • High mask-wearing culture 10

Spain

10,348 deaths

221 Deaths/1M pop. 7

  • Low mask-wearing culture

Japan

62 deaths

0.5 Deaths/1M pop. 7

  • Highest mask-wearing culture 12

USA

6,070 deaths

18 Deaths/1M pop. 7

  • Low mask-wearing culture

South Korea

169 deaths

3 Deaths/1M pop. 7

  • High mask-wearing culture 11

Why masks lower COVID-19 deaths

Masks aid in decreasing COVID-19’s virality by three pathways 8.

  1. Decreasing virus spread by infected individuals. The mask traps virus particles on the inside, preventing the virus particles becoming airborne. Protect others.
  2. Decreasing new infections by uninfected individuals. The mask prevents airborne virus particles being inhaled from the outside. Protect yourself.
  3. Limiting hand to face contact. The mask puts a physical barrier between potentially contaminated hands and passages to one’s lungs.

We need to increase these virality-decreasing pathways by encouraging a universal mask-wearing protocol to fight COVID-19.

Credit to Sui Huang’s article COVID-19: Why We Should All Wear Masks

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 2Tokyo 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.

  1. Wear a mask when outside of your home to avoid lingering aerosolized virus droplets3.
  2. N95 masks are better than surgical masks, but anything that prevents breathing in moisture particles with viruses helps. 4
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Promote research that shows the benefits of wearing masks. Research
  6. Start promoting universal masks-wearing at the local level. Encourage your neighbors, apartment building, and city government to wear masks.
  7. Make your own mask. Research shows that homemade masks can be very effective in protecting against viruses.9 MaskbuildersTokyo Metropolitan Police paper towel mask

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