Have you ever tried blowing out a candle by ‘sucking’ air in? Can’t be done, right? It’s much easier to expel a flame by blowing out.
The same is —kinda—true of spreading the Coronavirus. In other words, to STOP the virus we need to think more about blocking exhaled particles than we do inhaled particles.
And that’s why masks are effective, because they have a greater ability to stop exhaled droplets from being spread from an infected person.
Why is that?
From a recent study: “The important fact here is that inoculum release is principally through the mouth, which the facemask covers effectively...Droplet-blocking efficiency of fabric samples was shown to be 90-98% for 100% cotton T-shirt, dishcloth, and silk shirt, which was as high as for fabric material used for the production of a three-layered commercial medical mask.”
Why does this matter?
If we don’t ALL WEAR MASKS, stopping the spread won’t work because masks aren’t as good at preventing the bad stuff from coming in as they are at keeping the bad stuff from getting out.
I protect you. You protect me. It’s about taking one for the team, really. And in a time when there is so much polarization in the world, donning a little piece of cloth to make sure that we don’t transmit the virus—one we may not even know we have—is win-win for everyone!
A little note of caution
We noted in a prior blog post, “As PPE equipment starts littering beaches and waterways, the disposable masks market is estimated to grow from $800 million in 2019 to a whopping $166 billion in 2020. That’s a growth of over 200x -- in just disposable masks.”
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