Cloth Face Coverings Slow The Spread Of The Virus
The coronavirus continues to bring the U.S. economy and society to a standstill. As scientists and politicians debate on the best way to eliminate the pandemic, one thing is clear- we need a way to slow the spread and effects of COVID-19.
Recent studies have shown that some people can contract the coronavirus while still appearing healthy. These people are asymptomatic because they lack symptoms while transmitting the virus to others.
COVID-19 is spread through close proximity with contagious individuals, and the virus is spread through water droplets from speaking, sneezing, and coughing.
While the ultimate goal is to find a vaccine for the virus, the U.S. government and health officials recommend that the general public take action to reduce the spread of the coronavirus while flattening the curve.
The Right Actions To Flatten The Curve
While the best approach to flattening the curve of coronavirus is to remain indoors and stay 6 feet from other people, it’s nearly impossible to always stay this distance from others. It’s inevitable that you will need to go to the grocery store or other public places where keeping a social distance is not always possible.
In situations where social distancing is not guaranteed, the CDC recommended recently that all U.S. citizens should wear cloth face covering in public. This is especially true when social distancing is difficult, especially in areas like:
- Grocery stores or other essential destinations.
- Other locations where community interactions take place
While a cloth face mask is not as effective as a surgical mask or N-95 respirators, a cloth covering can help you from unknowingly spread the virus (if you have symptoms or you are asymptomatic). Surgical masks and N-95 masks should be reserved for health professionals and people who are required to stay in high-risk areas like treatment centers and hospitals.
Taking Control With A Homemade Face Mask
It’s scary to think that an invisible virus is lurking around the corner, and the only advice we have is to take no action and stay away from other people. Instead of being empowered to take decisive action, we all need to remain patient and look forward to the day that scientists develop a vaccine for the coronavirus.
However, that vaccine could be several months away. In the meantime, we can all do our part and help reduce the spread of the virus to others. This is just one way that we can be empowered in a time of isolation and questions, and wearing a cloth face mask in social situations when social distancing is not guaranteed is just one way each of us can take part in the solution!