Scientists confirm: face masks protect not only others, but also ourselves

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights how important face masks are in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The new data proves that masks are an effective protection both for other people and for those who wear them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week released a new scientific report on masks that further highlights the benefits of wearing them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC doctors now highlight one of the main advantages: using a face mask not only protects others from coronavirus, but also protects us.

Coronavirus is predominantly transmitted from person to person through larger respiratory drops. An infected person usually spreads the virus by coughing, sneezing, talking or breathing. So far, the CDC has only seen facial masks as protecting other people from a potential patient. It turned out that the right coating provides protection in both directions.

A new report showed that masks “help reduce user inhalation of these drops” by a significant percentage. Multilayer tissue masks can block up to 50-70% of these small droplets and particles and limit the spread of those that are not captured.