How Much do Face Masks Reduce Your Risk of Catching COVID-19?

by | Oct 18, 2021 | cloth face masks

After a year and 6 months, the mask fatigue is real.

We get it. No one actually wants to wear these things, but the only way to get back to life without masks is to keep wearing them for the time being.

That being said, here’s a little refresher on why we all need to mask up.

The facts

Did you know that people who wear masks in crowded spaces are 1.5x less likely to contract the virus than those who don’t?

You more than likely have read the countless articles and studies that indicate masks prevent people from spreading the virus by about 20-fold. More recently, evidence has come to light showing that masks protect the wearer, as well by reducing the amount of viral particles that the wearer can expel and/or breathe in.

And, if that weren’t enough, last month (September 2021), the CDC published a study showing that cities that have schools without a mask mandate in place were 2 to 3.5 times more likely to experience a major COVID outbreak. With this in mind, it’s understandable why most schools will be keeping their mandates in place for the foreseeable future.

The catch

Okay, we get it, masks work. 

But the catch is that they only work if worn properly, as proven by the CDC

Proper mask-wearing is more than just covering both your nose and mouth, however. 

The art of wearing a mask properly includes:

  • Making sure it fits snugly to your face, leaving no gaps for potential viral particles to enter or exit 
  • Securing it with adjustable ear loops and a nose bridge, adjusting these straps when necessary
  • Buying the proper size
  • Covering your chin
  • Continuing to social distance and wash your hands frequently (mask-wearing should not be a replacement for these safety measures)
  •  And always remember, if you’re sick, stay home.

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