One of the things I’ve loved about Japan and some other Asian countries is that when people have a cold, they often wear a face mask to protect others. I’ve always wished that people in the U.S. and other western countries would adopt this behavior. I’ve worn masks multiple times while traveling, both when I was under the weather and when I knew that passengers seated next to me were.
A face mask is one of the items that I’ve always carried in my carry-on bag. Up until a few months ago, that was surprising for many. I think one of the silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic is that people are not only learning to be more conscientious of germs but also feeling more comfortable wearing a mask when they’re sick. You’d be shocked by how many eyeballs and comments I received prior to the pandemic while wearing my mask on planes or at a conference. I’ve just never cared since I’ve known it was for the greater good.
A new study, reported on by FOX News, CNBC and Vox, has found that wearing a face mask can reduce coronavirus transmission by up to 75%. Per Vox, a “team from the University of Hong Kong determined that the benefits of face masks were massive. Using 52 hamsters in cages, the team found that non-contact transmission dropped by around 75 percent when masks were present. ‘The findings implied to the world and the public is that the effectiveness of mask-wearing against the coronavirus pandemic is huge,’ Dr. Yuen Kwok-yung told reporters.”
It blows my mind how many people there are refusing to wear a mask during this pandemic (with the exception of medical and legitimate personal reasons). It’s not that difficult, and it pained me to read this recent headline from The Guardian: “Not a mask in sight”: thousands flock to Yellowstone as park reopens.” Read the stories above if you need more convincing, and do your part.
- The Face Mask Travelers Already Have at Home
- The Happy Face Mask Hack
- Most Major U.S. Airlines Now Require Passengers to Wear Face Masks
- How to Keep Your Glasses From Fogging up While Wearing a Face Mask
- 3 More Ways to Keep Your Glasses From Fogging Up While Wearing a Face Mask
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