STUDY: Masks and Social Distancing Work


Wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet apart from other people … we’ve been living with these rules for the last few months. And now there is proof that it works. A first-of-its-kind study using data from 16 countries across 6 continents has found that masks and social distancing work, and they work really well at stopping the spread of COVID-19.

The research, published in the medical journalLancet, found that wearing a mask lowered a person’s risk of transmitting the virus from 17.4% to 3.1%. Not only that, but when it comes to social distancing your risk of transmitting the virus goes from 12.8% at 3 feet apart to 2.6% at 7 feet apart.

The researchers stress that if you follow these measures, avoid touching your face, and wash your hands properly, you will protect yourself and others -- but to be most effective you have to follow all the guidelines, not just a few. (Newser)