So obviously the use of masks has been a hot topic in the media these days. Should you or shouldn’t you wear a mask. The US Surgeon General put out a statement that you shouldn’t wear masks and the WHO said something to the same effect. Check out this video to the right, a leading COVID-19 expert and his thoughts on the matter. We have linked to 15:00 exactly when he shares his thoughts on wearing masks, but we recommend you watch the entire video.
The bottom line: If face masks weren't effective, why would healthcare workers use them?
Quoting the below directly from The Guardian:
Claim: ‘Face masks don’t work’
Wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick – viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks. However, masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus, and some studies have estimated a roughly fivefold protection versus no barrier alone (although others have found lower levels of effectiveness).
If you are likely to be in close contact with someone infected, a mask cuts the chance of the disease being passed on. If you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus, or have been diagnosed, wearing a mask can also protect others. So masks are crucial for health and social care workers looking after patients and are also recommended for family members who need to care for someone who is ill – ideally both the patient and carer should have a mask.
However, masks will probably make little difference if you’re just walking around town or taking a bus so there is no need to bulk-buy a huge supply.