Widespread mask usage could be key to stop virus transmission

Davida Erdahl

Research led by Britain’s Cambridge and Greenwich Universities scientists say lockdowns along will not stop a resurgence of COVID-19 but combining it with widespread mask use could be “an acceptable way of managing the pandemic and reopening economic activity”.

Richard Stutt, co-leading the study at Cambridge, said their “analyses support the immediate and universal adoption of face masks by the public”.

His comments come as researchers worldwide race to develop an effective vaccine against COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.

The study’s findings were published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A scientific journal.

At the onset of the pandemic, scientific evidence on the effectiveness of face masks in slowing transmission of respiratory diseases was limited.

However, the World Health Organisation now recommends everyone wear fabric face masks in public to try to reduce disease spread.

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