Much insistence has been made among the political and health authorities about the use of the mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, the WHO itself, while recommending it one hundred percent, has also emphasized that this does not make people immune to the disease.
Anyway, a recent study that was shared in a letter to the editor published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, regions with an early interest in face masks had milder COVID-19 epidemics.
In “COVID-19 and the public interest in the use of masks“Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong shared the results of their analysis of how public interest in face masks may have affected the severity of the pandemic and potentially contain the outbreak in 42 countries on 6 continents.
The authors noted that “in many Asian countries such as China and Japan, the use of face masks in this pandemic is ubiquitous and is considered a hygiene label, while in many Western countries, its use in the public is less common.”
Sunny Wong, associate professor in the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, commented that “despite the proximity [de Hong Kong] In mainland China, its COVID-19 infection rate is generally modest, with only 1,110 cases to date. This correlates with an almost ubiquitous use of face masks in the city (up to 98.8 percent of respondents). Similar patterns are seen in other Asian areas, such as Taiwan, Thailand, and Malaysia. “
Dr. Wong is also in favor of continuing to encourage the use of the mask in countries such as the United States or Brazil where the pandemic is most unleashed.
“Facial masks can help curb the spread of COVID-19 and are relatively low cost compared to the health resources and death toll associated with the pandemic,” he concluded.