The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is causing a lot of sorrow worldwide, but the good news is that there are plenty of ways we can fight it. While masks and social distancing are highly recommended or mandatory across the world in these pandemic times, a new study shows that it’s a good move from the authorities.
However, we must be careful when it comes to the type of masks used. Not all of them are effective, and it’s sad that so many companies are providing overpriced and ineffective masks only to make money.
N95 masks are the best
The researchers who were conducting the new study came to the conclusion that cloth masks made of just one layer are less effective than surgical masks. But the best protection is the one offered by tight-fitting N95 masks.
As for social distancing, the best recommendation is that people maintain a distance of two meters between each other. However, one meter can also be enough sometimes.
The COVID-19 virus can enter the organism even through the eyes, so the researchers recommend protecting our precious eyes. Eyeglasses or goggles can help.
The study was published in the journal The Lancet, and the researchers involved admit that there’s no strategy to work perfectly against the new coronavirus. We should do our best to prevent from getting infected with the disease, and this also includes the good old method of washing our hands frequently. Furthermore, the researchers admit that more studies are required.
According to worldometers.info, the current epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic is Latin America. Brazil is by far the most affected country, with way over half a million infections and a death toll of over 30,000 people. Brazil is even the second country in the world affected by the pandemic, with the first one being still the US with over 100,000 deaths.