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Unmasking the Myths about Masks

Lifestyle & Fitness • by Paul De Beyer • 09 November 2020
The “new normal” is quickly becoming just plain old “normal”, and nothing has symbolised that more than the adoption of the face mask.

2020’s most worn fashion accessory has been part of public debate since the global pandemic hit the mainstream media, and, almost a year on, still divides opinion.


Let’s take a look at this divisive face cover and debunk a few of the most popular mask myths.


1. Masks don’t stop the spread of the virus

The science is in, and a lot of it for that matter. Every credible scientific research study you could possibly find agrees on one thing: masks stop the spread of the virus.

Scientists have gone as far as to build 3D modelling tools that have recreated known COVID-19-spreading events, analysing how the virus spreads from a single person and infecting an entire room. The effectiveness of masks in all situations immediately reduced infection rates by up to 50% in most common situations.


2. Wearing a mask means I’m totally safe

Unfortunately, wearing a mask is one of several measures we all need to take to reduce our chances of catching the coronavirus. The same 3D modelling that demonstrated the effectiveness of masks also showed that any enclosed space requires constant ventilation to ensure that the occupants remain safe.

This means that if you’re sitting in a closed-off room or vehicle without good ventilation, whether you’re wearing a mask or not, your risk of catching the virus increases.
If you want to protect yourself from the virus:

A prime example would be travelling on public transport. Make sure the windows are open in the vehicle at all times. This will go a long way in keeping you safe.

3. Home-made cloth masks don’t work

Masks work, regardless of the type of mask. This means that any form of a mask is better than none at all. However, there are some masks that work better than others. For example, the medical-grade N95 masks are regarded as “the gold standard”, but can be hard to find.

Any cloth covering you use as a mask works, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

Masks have been proven to help slow the spread of the virus and keep both you and those around you safe. Keep wearing a clean mask, social distancing and washing your hands regularly. If you want to add an extra layer of protection during these difficult times, consider GetSavvi Health medical insurance for you and your family.

While no one can say for certain what the future holds, the best that you can do is protect yourself and the ones you love. Get more information about GetSavvi Health medical insurance by clicking the link below or calling 0861 18 92 02.

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References:
https://www.businessinsider.com/science-debunked-6-myths-about-masks-stop-believing-them-2020-8?IR=T
https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/debunked-myths-about-face-masks
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/10/30/science/wear-mask-covid-particles-ul.html
https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-28/a-room-a-bar-and-a-class-how-the-coronavirus-is-spread-through-the-air.html

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