We’ve endured months of shutdowns, lockdowns, and quarantines.
We’ve suffered through loneliness and isolation… watched the economy hit the brink of collapse… and seen far too many public officials and politicians doing very little to improve the situation.
And where are we now? Right back to the beginning, as the coronavirus surges, with tens of thousands of new infections, and hundreds of deaths every day.
Meanwhile, it turns out one of the best solutions to help protect ourselves ISN’T an economy-crushing shutdown. And it’s NOT another endless self-quarantine.
The answer has been literally staring us in the face.
Yes, it’s a humble piece of cloth. As new research reveals how wearing masks alone could help curb the spread of COVID-19 more than we ever imagined.
And today, I’ve got a way to make that mask even MORE effective.
The THREE main ways to catch the coronavirus
Dr. Anthony Fauci said recently the virus spreads in three main ways:
- Respiratory droplets: The virus clings to the tiny respiratory drops we emit when we cough, sneeze or exhale. This is believed to be the most common way the infection spreads and requires us to be very close to the sick person or around them for some time.
- Infected surfaces: You touch something with the virus lurking on it, then touch your face. This is believed to be a much less common source of the illness.
- Aerosolized transmission: The virus itself, independent of those respiratory droplets I just mentioned, likely can “hang” in the air after being exhaled by someone carrying it. This airborne spread is much like measles, which can linger in the air for two hours.
Now, to be clear, Dr. Fauci himself points out we’re still not sure just HOW common that last way of spreading the virus is. But earlier this month, hundreds of experts sent a letter to the World Health Organization warning of the danger.
If the virus does turn out to be airborne, it means you could get sick without close contact. You could even pick it up from someone who left the room long before you entered it.
And that’s where masks come into the picture.
Masks VERY effective at curbing COVID-19 spread
The simple cloth face-coverings most of us are wearing these days won’t stop the virus completely, of course. But they catch enough of it – especially the bugs clinging to respiratory droplets – that new research finds masks could cut your infection risk by up to 65 percent.
The researchers from the University of California, Davis Children’s Hospital say masks effectively stop many of the respiratory particles. This means if EVERYONE wore a mask EVERY TIME they went out in public, this virus could be quickly brought under control.
If you’re making a mask at home or buying a homemade one from a crafter online, another new study shows how to make the most effective one of all. Use quilted cotton.
Researchers put masks on a mannequin, pumped it full of a glow-in-the-dark solution, and simulated coughs and sneezes to see how far the solution traveled.
Without a mask, the particles spread eight feet, or two feet beyond the six-foot “social distancing” zone we’re all used to following now.
An ordinary bandanna cut transmission distance by more than half, to 3 feet, 8 inches. A cotton handkerchief cut that distance to 3 feet, 7 inches. And a commercial store-bought “cone” mask cut that distance to just 8 inches.
But the best of all? Surprisingly it was a homemade mask stitched from quilted cotton, which limited the spread of particles to just 2.5 inches.
So if you’re making your own masks, it looks like that’s the way to go. And, of course, keep up that social distancing too.
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