A recent study shows that wearing a face mask is the most effective way to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
The study in question was conducted by a team of researchers affiliated with several American universities. According to the study, meanwhile, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US (PNAS) , the research team compared the rate of Covid-19 infections in Italy and New York before and after the use of face masks in those countries.
The research team found that the use of face masks in Italy between April 6 and May 9 prevented approximately 78,000 infections. In New York, wearing masks between April 17 and May 9 prevented more than 66,000 infections.
“It is clear that wearing face masks is the most effective way to prevent transmission between people. This cheap practice, together with the maintenance of social distance, quarantine and contact tracing, is probably the best possible opportunity to stop the Covid-19 pandemic before the development of a vaccine, ”the researchers found.
According to the researchers, their results indicated that Covid-19 is mostly transmitted by air distribution. “Our analysis shows that the difference with and without facial coverage is the determining factor in the formation of the pandemic trends,” the team explained.
Wearing face masks is compulsory in South Africa.
It has been previously reported that Ronald Lamola, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, said taxi drivers or shop owners would be prosecuted if passengers or customers without a mask were allowed in a taxi or shop.
“It must become the norm. It should be an embarrassment not to wear a mask. It should be cool to wear a mask, ”Lamola said during a previous event.