When it comes to reducing the number of new COVID cases, there are many ways individuals can help limit the virus' spread, like wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing hands both thoroughly and often, just to name a few. However, new research reveals that there's one public health measure that can drastically reduce the rate of COVID growth—and all it takes is shutting down a single spot. Read on to discover how experts say we could be significantly lowering COVID numbers, and for the latest expert-backed news about the virus, Dr. Fauci Just Gave This Warning About Stopping COVID Entirely.
According to a Dec. 2020 study published in the journal PLOS One, there's one COVID control measure that's proven more effective than any other when it comes to slowing the spread of the virus: closing down workplaces. While there are clear economic ramifications associated with doing so—and it's not feasible for workers in every industry to perform their jobs remotely—the study's authors found that workplace closings implemented at the highest applicable policy level could reduce viral spread by an estimated average of 32.5 percentage points.
The research also found that restrictions on internal movement, stay-at-home requirements, public information campaigns, and school closings were the next most effective means of limiting the spread of COVID.
But, when it comes to reducing the spread of COVID on a personal level, the type of mask you wear can also have a profound effect on how likely you are to get—or spread—the virus. Read on to discover which masks are most effective in terms of limiting the spread of airborne viral particles. And for insight into COVID numbers in your area, This Is How Bad the COVID Outbreak Is in Your State.
Single-layer woven polyester/nylon mask with ties
Amount of airborne particles filtered out: 39.3 percent
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Two-layer woven nylon mask with ear loops
Amount of airborne particles filtered out: 44.7
Cotton bandana folded once diagonally
Amount of airborne particles filtered out: 49 percent
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Surgical mask with ties
Amount of airborne particles filtered out: 71.5 percent
3M 9210 NIOSH-approved N95 respirator
Amount of airborne particles filtered out: 98.4 percent
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