This year’s Covid 19 – is the dreaded Corona Virus – is more severe than all the other virus in the past , but the good news is it has recently been confirmed that surgical masks can protect us against influenza! Here are the full details!
Covid 19 = The Corona Virus
People are panicking about the perceived surge in cases, spooked by reports of the new Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China.
The outbreak in China is caused by 2019-nCoV – a coronavirus, which is different from the influenza virus that causes yearly outbreaks all over the world.
And while the Chinese coronavirus outbreak is of great concern, it has affected 2.5 Million people already at the time of writing this article.
Corona is very infectious, and spreads through the air from coughs and sneezes. You can also get infected if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching any surface contaminated by the virus.
People who do not have access to vaccines, or are just against them, often opt to use face masks or surgical / medical masks. But how effective are these masks?
surgical masks are as effective as N95 respirators in preventing influenza infections amongst healthcare workers.
This was the largest study ever done, involving over 2800 healthcare personnel in multiple cities across the United States.
While more studies will be conducted to confirm their findings, the evidence appears to show that we can rely on cheap 3-ply surgical masks to protect against the flu, even though they are still useless against the haze and air pollution.
It is believed that surgical masks help prevent infections by preventing users from touching their faces with dirty / infected hands. Or perhaps it prevents infection by substantially cutting down the amount of inhaled viral particles.