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The bottom line, experts say, is that masks might help keep people with COVID-19 from unknowingly passing along the virus. But the evidence for the efficacy of surgical or homemade masks is limited, and masks aren't the most important protection against the coronavirus.
Neither mask meaningfully decreased the viral load coughed onto the petri dishes. But experts not involved in the study who were contacted by Live Science were hesitant to put much stock into the findings. The researchers didn't look at distances beyond 7.8 inches to see if droplets didn't travel as far while people were wearing masks, Chu said.
"To me, it's not harmful to wear these masks, but it doesn't look from this study like there is a whole lot of benefit," Jones said.....
"There's been enough research done to be able to confidently say that masks wouldn't be able to stop the spread of infection, that they would only have a small effect on transmission," Cowling said. "We shouldn't be relying on masks to help us go back to normal."
Masks are recommended for those showing symptoms of a disease, if they are sick, or they have tested positive for COVID-19 since these are designed to prevent the virus from coming out.
originally posted by: kosmicjack
a reply to: Boadicea
Feel free to twist my words, it's what the OP was hoping for.
But all reading this know that no one is pointing and laughing at your health issue.
I sympathize with you.
Wearing a mask is a bitch. And, if you have underlying issues that are exacerbated by a mask , you are likely in that category of people who should be self-quaranting for your own safety. Not refusing to wear a mask.
I'm of the same mind as yourself in that I also think we will ALL get this. There is no hiding from it. But, by wearing masks, we can prevent large numbers from getting it at the same time and overwhelming the healthcare system.
It's your choice to wear a mask or not...
...but, by the same token, it's a business owner's or a fellow citizen's choice to do business or associate with you or not.
originally posted by: wheresthebody
a reply to: Allaroundyou
But I will still wear a mask when in public, not for my health but for others.
This is what most people have a hard time grasping, doing something that benefits strangers.
Psychotherapist Amy Morin explains that wearing the masks does more for our mental health than our physical well-being, by soothing our anxiety and giving us the illusion of being in control.
So why do so many people want to cover up their faces if it doesn't help? It actually has more to do with their mental health than their physical health.