Wearing face masks curbs infection rate, prevents COVID-19 deaths
There are differing opinions regarding the use of face mask coverings to curb the coronavirus infection rate, although data from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and a handful of Asian countries suggest that mandatory use of face masks has helped to slow infection and death rates.
The Daily Mail reported this week that in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where face mask wearing is mandatory, the infection rates are only 63 per 100,000 and 21 per 100,000 respectively, compared to Britain where the population has been told that there is no evidence that face masks are effective and the infection rate is 182 out of 100,000 Britains.
When it comes to death rates from COVID-19, the data looks compelling, with only 2 out of 100,000 Czechs dying, 0.2 per 100,000 Slovaks, compared with 25 per 100,000 Britons, says the report from the British newspaper.
Similar incidence and death rates have been seen in South Korea and Japan, with both of these countries choosing not to impose lockdowns but making face mask wearing mandatory for their populations.
The data has compelled 150 leading UK doctors to petition the government through a campaign called Masks4All to have citizens wear "reusable cotton masks from simple items you can find in your house". This would put the country in line with other European countries -- Germany, Spain and Italy -- that recommend that their citizens wear face masks.
The Masks4all group says that 34 scientific papers that show the effectiveness of mask wearing has prompted more than 70 countries and 10 US states to make mask wearing in public mandatory to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. And they say that 88% of the world's population live in countries where the government and leading disease experts agree that face masks are effective in fighting the spread of COVID-19.
See the groups' world map HERE for the countries that have imposed mask wearing requirements on their citizens.
Meanwhile in North America where face mask coverings are just beginning to become a must have fashion item, some local governements, retailers, airlines and other industries outside of the medical profession are starting to make face mask wearing mandatory.
It is yet to be seen how widely face masks will be adopted, but for corporations looking for solutions to keep their employees and customers safe, wholesale buying options are emerging likefrom fashion brand Uranta Mindful Clothing Inc. --- www.uranta.ca -- which is selling 2-layer cloth masks for only 99 cents each.
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