A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans to prepare for a "significant disruption" from the virus, celebrities including Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow showed off on social media the face masks they sported while traveling.
Virologist expert Dr. Simon Clarke yesterday said that: ‘The pores and the fibers in them are too big for the virus. The virus is smaller than the wavelength of light, they will just pass straight through them, they will infect you by your eyes potentially.
‘Unless you have a military-grade respirator, forget it,’ he concluded.
Surgical masks are primarily used in clinical settings and are designed to prevent exposure to larger, visible sprays of fluid. Despite not fully shielding people from the virus, masks can offer some protection as they block liquid droplets.
When asked by Metro News about the effectivity of masks, Dr. Jake Dunning, Head of Emerging Infections and Zoonoses, Public Health England, said people should instead ‘prioritize good personal, respiratory and hand hygiene.’
He continued: ''Face masks play a very important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals. However, there is very little evidence of widespread benefit from their use outside of these clinical settings.’'
GP Clinical Lead at ‘’Treated’’, Dr. Daniel Atkinson, also told people to exercise caution when it comes to face masks, adding that people unnecessarily purchasing them could lead to a supply shortage which will impact those actually in need.
He told Metro News that they can be useful, however, for someone already showing symptoms.
He said: ‘Surgical face masks are more useful when they’re worn by people who have coronavirus symptoms (such as coughing, fever and breathing problems) because it reduces the likelihood that they’ll spread the germs that cause the infection.
‘Wearing a mask is only helpful if it’s accompanied by frequent hand cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water,’ he continued, adding that masks can also be helpful if you are ‘looking after someone who has the virus.’
Source: Metro News