Changing recommendations regarding masks have caused some confusion and some skepticism. In reality, much of the early recommendations on masks were actually based on availability rather than science. It was crucial that the available inventory of masks were held for first responders and medical teams.
We’ve made a video that explains why wearing masks for coronavirus is necessary to stop the spread.
We’re all learning more every day
When COVID-19 first emerged, science hadn’t yet established a primary method of spread. We now understand that it’s primarily airborne and the amount of droplets inhaled appears to determine whether one becomes ill and can impact how ill.
When a person speaks, coughs, or sneezes, oral fluid droplets are generated. These droplets have been implicated in the person-to-person transmission of viruses like COVID-19.
Let’s clear the air
There are many documented super-spreading cases connected with activities – like singing in enclosed spaces – that create a lot of droplets.
Another route is when an infected person coughs or sneezes onto their hand or onto a surface. The uninfected person then shakes the hand or touches the surface, and transfers the virus to their own eye, nose or mouth.
It is also possible that an infected person can also cough or sneeze to create an airborne spread.
Keeping droplets from spreading is key, especially from people who do not yet know they are sick, so do not believe they pose a risk to others.
We know masks work
When wearing a mask, droplet transmission is greatly reduced and prevent infected people passing on the infection. When two people wear a mask, coupled with social distancing, the risk of infection is mitigated even further.
There are numerous studies that suggest if 80% of people wear a mask in public, then COVID-19 transmission could be halted.
We hope you’ll do your part
Some of you have called in seeking a doctor’s note to waive a mask requirement. You’re welcome to make an appointment to discuss this with your provider.
We support wearing masks because we are continuing to see new cases of COVID-19 and are concerned about protecting our community, staff and patients. Stopping the spread requires masks.
Masks Do Matter
Until a vaccine or a cure for COVID-19 is discovered, cloth face masks may be the most important tool we currently have to fight the pandemic.
We hope we’ve been able to illustrate why Masks Matter and that you’ll all wear yours.
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“Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: Implications of Infection Prevention Precautions,” World Health Organization
Singing as transmission – see section “Modes of Transmission” via World Health Organization article
“High SARS-CoV-2 Attack Rate Following Exposure at a Choir Practice” — Skagit County, Washington, March 2020, CDC
“If 80% of People Wear Masks in Public, COVID-19 Spread Ends,” Jeremy Howard, University of San Francisco Data Scientist
Visualizing Speech-Generated Oral Fluid Droplets with Laser Light Scattering, The New England Journal of Medicine
Rationale for universal face masks in public against COVID ‐19, Anthony Paulo Sunjaya MD, SMChristine Jenkins MD, AM, FRACP
Modes of transmission of virus causing COVID-19: implications for IPC precaution recommendations, World Health Organization