Time to encourage people to wear face masks as a precaution
LONDON: Amidst the rapid spread of the novel (COVID-19) worldwide, researchers have emphasized that it is time to encourage people to wear face masks as a precautionary measure because we have little to lose and potentially something to gain.
Professor in the Oxford University and colleagues said that despite limited evidence, masks could have a substantial impact on transmission with a relatively small impact on social and economic life.
The masks are simple, cheap, and potentially effective. We believe that using them both at home (particularly by the person showing symptoms) as well as outside the home in situations where they are likely to encounter others (for example, shopping, public transportation), could have a substantial impact on transmission with a relatively small impact on social and economic life, the researchers said.
However, it is questioned whether the masks will reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the general public, although there is a lack of clinical trial evidence on the widespread use of face masks as a measure of protection against COVID-19, at the time of writing an increasing number from agencies and governments, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. USA, now they advocate that the general population wear masks, but others, such as World Health Organization and they are not.
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Some researchers argue that people are unlikely to wear masks appropriately or consistently, and may ignore broader infection control measures such as hand washing. Others say the public should not use them as health workers need them the most. But the current study, published in The BMJ magazine challenges these arguments and suggests that in the context of COVID-19, many people could be taught to wear masks correctly and may well do so consistently without abandoning other important anti-drug measures. contagion.
According to the researchers, if there is political will, the mask shortage can be quickly overcome by reusing manufacturing capacity, something that is already happening informally. They concluded that it is time to act without waiting for randomized evidence from controlled trials.
Even researchers from Tsinghua University in China agreed that the public should wear face masks because the benefits are plausible and the damage is unlikely. They also said that cloth masks are likely to be better than not wearing any masks.