Masks are and will be a part of our lives. More and more studies point to them as a basic element in preventing a resurgence of Covid-19. The last one says it clearly: the mask is a determining factor in avoiding the pandemic, distance and social isolation alone are not enough.
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Reny Zhang has led this analysis, published by the scientific journal PNAS, in which Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry Mario Molina, among others, has participated. The conclusions of this work are very clear:
- Airborne transmission, particularly through aerosols from humans, represents the dominant route of disease transmission.
- The importance of airborne transmission has not been sufficiently considered by the authorities when establishing mitigation measures.
- Current mitigation measures such as social distancing, quarantine and isolation are insufficient in themselves to protect the public. It is necessary to complement them with masks.
- The work shows that the use of masks in public is one of the most effective means of preventing human-to-human transmission, along with mass testing, restriction measures and contact follow-up before the development of a vaccine.
You protect others and you protect yourself. A simple gesture such as the regular use of the mask will prevent us from having to relive what we are experiencing.
However, it is important to be responsible and use sustainable models such as the Rewinder40 , because we cannot allow the health crisis to lead to an environmental crisis through the disposal of single-use masks.
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