The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a video showing how face masks reduce the spread of airborne droplets emitted when people speak and shout, giving a graphic representation of how mask-wearing works to reduce the spread of Corona virus, the novel deadly virus that currently no prevention, no treatment and no cure.
In the video, “Visualizing Speech Generated Oral Fluid Droplets with Laser Light Scattering,” a person in a darkened room says the phrase “Stay healthy” repeatedly in varying volumes while neon lasers light up the droplets coming from his mouth.
After watching this video, imagine standing without a face mask and speaking while you look over the produce in the grocery store, or order food from a menu, for example. This video shows how droplets fly from people’s mouths when they speak, and shows how people spread the virus to others.
Americans are being asked to wear face masks while doing business around other people, for example when shopping, using a gym, getting a haircut, etc., to help prevent spread of the virus. A spike in Covid-19 cases will cause further “lockdowns,” as is currently happening in Oregon, which had a significant spike in Covid-19 cases after re-opening. Oregon’s governor recently put a hold on further re-opening activity until the spike in illness in that state can be brought under control.
One study found that if 80-90% of Americans wore masks as recommended, infections would plummet. Countries where people are conscientious about mask-wearing are doing far better than the U.S. at controlling the pandemic and returning to normal.
Without strong compliance with mask-wearing among the public, America may never be able to return to normal.
Don’t hold our country back from recovering from the pandemic. Don’t contribute to further lockdowns.
Please wear a mask when out doing business around other people to help get our lives back to normal as soon as possible.