Face Masks Could Prevent a Second and a Third Wave of COVID-19

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  • There have been various guidelines regarding the use of face masks as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO), in its recent updates, recommends the use of face masks in areas with high community transmission of the virus or where social distancing is difficult while the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises use of face masks in all public places
  • A new study, however, reveals that if everyone wore face masks all the time in public, in addition to other lockdown measures put in place, it could prevent a second wave and even a third wave of COVID-19
  • However, because it is impossible to get everyone using face masks,the study also found that if 50 percent of people wore masks in public all the time, it could flatten the disease wave
  • The study authors also found that adoption of face masks by 25 percent of people could only flatten the initial peak but may not prevent a second wave of infection
  • Recent Gallup poll found that only 36 percent of Americans wore masks in public most times