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Wearing surgical masks significantly reduces COVID-19 spread, hamster tests show

Wearing surgical masks significantly reduces COVID-19 spread, hamster tests show”

The results show that surgical masks are indeed a viable option if you hope to protect yourself against infection or avoid infecting others.

A team of experts in Hong Kong recently tested the effectiveness of masks on hamsters, and the findings are promising. Two-thirds of the hamsters healthy have been infected in a week when the masks were not in place.

Researchers said they found that without any masks between the cages, two-thirds of the healthy hamsters were infected within a week.

Now, a new study out of China suggests that yes, one type of mask definitely works as a barrier to prevent the spread of the airborne droplets that carry the virus and we can thank hamsters for sacrificing their health to reach this conclusion. The wide-scale use of face masks is the simplest and most effective step we can take towards ensuring public health.

Yuen was one of the microbiologists who discovered the SARS virus - a predecessor of the current coronavirus - when it emerged in 2003, killing some 300 people in Hong Kong.

For the study, the team separated two groups of hamsters.

Ten out of fifteen healthy hamsters placed in cages with no partition had contracted COVID-19 after seven days.

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Those hamsters that did become infected were also found to have less of the virus in their bodies than those who were infected without a mask, the research found.

When comparing the use of masks on artificially infected hamsters and their healthy counterparts, the former saw infection rates plunge to just over 15 percent, while the latter experienced a 35 percent decrease in infection.

Safely masked " It's very clear that the effect of masking the infected, especially when they are asymptomatic - or symptomatic - it's much more important than anything else", Yuen told reporters Sunday.

"That's the strongest result we showed here".

"Transmission can be reduced by 50% when surgical masks are used, especially when masks are worn by infected individuals", Professor Yuen explained for SCMP.

Customers wearing protective masks from the coronavirus and keeping social distancing space line up to enter a Costco Wholesale store in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Saturday.

Four months after its first Covid-19 case was detected, Hong Kong has largely managed to contain the disease with just over 1,000 infections and four deaths.



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