Study: Cloth mask increases risk of COVID within only 20min...

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Study: Cloth mask increases risk of COVID within only 20min

 Health & Lifestyle Desk

 Published: 04:00 PM, 13 January 2022  

Using cloth mask can increase the risk of COVID infection; Photo: Collected

Using cloth mask can increase the risk of COVID infection; Photo: Collected

The number of Covid-19 cases is increasing at a horrific rate day by day all over the world. Although the number of deaths by the virus was reduced at the end of last year, 2021, however, it was increased again due to the detection of a new variant of COVID, Omicron.  

Accroding to experts, there is no alternative for following the hygiene guidelines to tackle the COVID pandemic and the first step to deal with the virus – to wear a mask. But there is no end to the “confusion” among the people about how useful a mask is to prevent COVID infection. In most cases, there is a lack of awareness is being seen among the people.

Based on the results of a recent study, the researchers again clarified how much a mask is capable of preventing a COVID outbreak.

Experts have already said that the “N95 mask” is the most useful to prevent COVID. “If a person with COVID is not wearing a mask, then when to put a healthy one wearing an N95 mask in front of the infected person – the N95 mask can protect that healthy person for about two and a half hours”, experts said, adding that “if both the patient and a normal person are wearing a mask, it takes about 25 hours for the infection to spread from a COVID patient to a healthy person”.

But those who wore N95 masks told that it is “difficult to wear” that mask for a long time, as a result, there is a tendency among general people to wear masks made with ordinary clothes. However, researchers are repeatedly warning about this.  

According to them, a “cloth mask’ is not very effective in preventing Omicron. Research has shown that if such a “one-layer cloth mask” is worn in front of a COVID infected person, the healthy person can become infected with the virus within 20 minutes. If both the patient and the healthy person are wearing this mask, it takes only 27 minutes for the infection to spread.

In such a situation, researchers say “wearing a surgical mask is more effective than wearing a cloth mask”. A surgical mask can protect a healthy person from Covid-19 for about 30 minutes.

According to experts, Omicron is much more contagious than other variants of coronavirus. So, it is much more difficult to protect oneself from the infection. So hanging a mask around the neck, a mask falling off the nose, repeatedly touching the mask — all of these can be extremely dangerous. 

Research clearly shows that it takes only 15 minutes for an infection to spread from a patient to a healthy person if there is no prevention capability of a mask.