Face masks for general public can help contain virus: Study

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3rd June, 2020 02:18:48 printer

Face masks for general public can help contain virus: Study

 

Widespread use of face masks could help economies reopen safely from coronavirus lockdowns when combined with continued social distancing and other prevention measures, according to a new study.

The risk of transmission is lower in households and among contacts of infected people when masks are worn, according to the study, published in The Lancet medical journal.

For medical professionals in a health-care setting, respirator-type devices provide a higher level of protection than standard surgical masks, the report said.

Researchers reviewed data from 172 studies assessing the effectiveness of masks, distancing, eye protection and other measures in preventing transmission from patients with confirmed or probable Covid-19, Middle East respiratory syndrome or severe acute respiratory syndrome, known as SARS.

 

 


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