See? What have I been saying?

Courtesy of Science Focus

The widespread use of face masks keeps the coronavirus reproduction number below 1.0, and prevents further waves when combined with lockdowns, new research suggests.

A modelling study from the universities of Cambridge and Greenwich indicates that lockdowns alone will not stop the resurgence of COVID-19.

Researchers say even homemade masks with limited effectiveness can dramatically reduce transmission rates if worn by enough people, regardless of whether they show symptoms.

Lead author, Dr Richard Stutt, part of a team that usually models the spread of crop diseases at Cambridge’s department of plant sciences, said: “Our analyses support the immediate and universal adoption of face masks by the public.

“If widespread face mask use by the public is combined with physical distancing and some lockdown, it may offer an acceptable way of managing the pandemic and re-opening economic activity long before there is a working vaccine.”

The coronavirus is transmitted through airborne droplets that get exhaled by infectious people, particularly when talking, coughing or sneezing.

I would like to point out that this research comes to us a little late as most of us are already wearing our masks in public, however, any new research that reiterates the importance of social distancing and masks is welcome in my book, especially after the WHO tripped all over themselves with their statement about asymptomatic contagion.

I think sharing this is also important as it gives you a resource to fall back on when you are arguing with your conservative relatives about the importance of wearing masks. 

I have said it before, and I will say it again, wear your damn masks!